updated 4/20/2008 12:36:44 PM ET 2008-04-20T16:36:44

A crocodile attacked and killed a man who was under arrest for alleged illegal logging in Myanmar, the country's state-run newspaper reported Sunday.

Myint Zaw was being transported by forest rangers in a boat in the Ayeywarwaddy river delta when the crocodile knocked him out of the boat and killed him, the Myanmar-language Kyemon daily reported.

Myint Zaw and three other men were arrested last month for possession of mangrove trees believed to have been illegally cut from Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, southwest of the country's biggest city, Yangon, the paper said.

The men were being transferred to detention when the attack happened March 10, the paper said. No other details were available.

The wildlife reserve was established in 1986 and is inhabited by endangered saltwater crocodiles that live in the mangrove swamps.

The reserve, which is about 53 square miles in size, includes a program to breed and repopulate the area with crocodiles.

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