Crocodiles enjoy gun-free Solomon Islands

Crocodiles enjoy gun-free Solomon Islands

Crocodiles enjoy gun-free Solomon Islands

Posted 19 September 2008, 8:41 AEST

Attempts to turn Solomon Islands into a gun-free society has had an unintended deadly side effect.

It's led in part, to an increase in the number of fatal crocodile attacks.

Guns were banned on Solomon Islands following racial tensions and the arrival in 2003 of the Australian led Regional Assistance Mission, RAMSI.

Solomon Islands Acting Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, has told Radio Australia at least six people have been killed by crocodiles in the past 18 months.

"We have various reports from around the provinces in Solomon Islands... of crocodiles entering into locations where fishermen are present or where children are bathing or where families are bathing and the reports that we are getting is that the number of crocodiles is increasing," he said.