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A Ugandan village was held to ransom by a murderous 16ft super-croc "responsible for 80 killings".
The reign of terror, in the village of Luganga, allegedly saw a tenth of its population killed in crocodile attacks between 1991 and 2005.
Named 'Osama', after the terrorist Osama Bin Laden, reports say he would wait near the lake shore to snatch victims including children as young as 12 and swim underneath boats in a bid to capsize them, before dragging his prey below the surface.
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The beast lived in Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria and villagers claimed it was so powerful and deadly that it was "immortal".
The Sydney Morning Herald spoke to Paul Kyewalyanga, who was rowing in the back of his boat as his brother Peter fished from the front when Osama leapt in and snatched him.
"Osama just emerged from the water vertically and flopped into the boat," he said.
"The back of the boat where I was sitting was submerged. Peter was clutching the side screaming.
"They fought for about five minutes until I heard a tearing sound."
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He added: "Peter shouted, ‘He’s broken my leg.’ Then he let go and was dragged into the lake. A few days later we found his head and his arm."
Uganda's terror croc was eventually captured in 2005 in a coordinated effort by local people and wildlife officials that lasted over a week.
Cow lungs were used as bait to lure Osama in, who became snared when he eventually lunged for the meat.
The beast was not killed after he was captured, but was sent to be part of a breeding programme.
Uganda Crocs boss Alex Mutamba said in 2005: "All Nile crocodiles like Osama will eat a human being if they perceive their territory is being encroached on.
"But our crocodiles are well-secured, so I’m not too worried."
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