DELI SERDANG - A python attacked and killed a junior high school student in the North Sumatra regency of Deli Serdang as he and his school mates were swimming in a river, Antara reported Saturday. Local people ran for a help and used bamboo poles to beat the giant snake as it was trying to swallow M. Zakaria.
The seven-meter-long snake released its human prey due to its wounds. The residents rushed Zakaria to hospital, but doctors could not save his life. A friend of Zakaria who survived the attack on Thursday said the snake came out of a cave on the river bank. He said Zakaria was so exhausted that he could not escape from the python.
On Friday the local people captured a python near the same river, but they believed the snake was not the one that killed Zakaria.