* Croc attacks girl at riverbank
* Mother tries to pull girl from jaws
* Crocodile disappears with girl underwater
AN eight-year-old girl has been killed by a crocodile in Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province after her mother fought in vain to pull her daughter from the animal's jaws.
Police said the girl was making sago with her mother by the riverside at Samoa village in Kikori district on Friday when the three-metre crocodile suddenly surfaced and struck.
Villagers watched in horror as it grabbed the girl then entered a tug of war with the mother who seized her daughter's hand and tried to pull her free.
She failed to do so and the crocodile dived then resurfaced with the girl still in its jaws before disappearing, a police spokesman told The National newspaper.
Villagers searched the river and retrieved pieces of the girl's clothing and parts of her body, he said.