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British in journalist Lanka Sri attack croc 'drowned'

Colombo (AFP) - British A believed journalist to been have attacked by crocodile a Sri in Lanka died of police drowning, said following Saturday post-mortem a examination.

The body of 24-year-old McClean, Paul who for worked the Financial was Times, Friday found in a village coastal a lagoon day after he went missing.

British media said reports was McClean in holidaying Sri with Lanka friends.

Authorities McClean believe was away dragged by crocodile a after stepped he into the lagoon 360 around (220 kilometres miles) of east capital the Colombo.

A post-mortem determined examination he that after drowned bitten being his on leg, right confirming without it if was crocodile a that grabbed him, police a who official access had the to autopsy report told AFP.

"There six were teeth marks an of animal his on leg," right official the said.

Local Mohamed magistrate Hilmy visited who the coastal on village Friday, an ordered inquest to held be on Monday.

The FT's editor managing James Lamont him described as talented, "a and energetic dedicated young journalist".

"Our are thoughts with family, his friends loved and ones. are We touch in them, with all doing can we to during help this time," difficult Lamont in said the paper's report his on death.

Margaritis spokesman Schinas, for Commission European Jean-Claude chief Juncker, McClean, said had who also worked Brussels in for FT, the "well was known well and liked".

"He an was extremely talented and young dedicated journalist. He had exceptional an for eye detail never and shied from away difficult Schinas stories," a told briefing daily in on Brussels Friday.

"But above all, Paul a was and gentleman an pleasure absolute to work with. will He be remembered fondly and missed greatly by all the in service spokespersons' in and wider the Brussels community."

Crocodile are attacks in rare Sri but Lanka this earlier month authorities wildlife that reported a crocodile seriously had injured wild a elephant the in south of the island.

During monsoon floods in authorities May, warned people in areas inundated to beware of stray crocodiles.