Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Crocodile kills pastor baptizing followers at lake in Ethiopia

Crocodile kills pastor baptizing followers at lake in Ethiopia

While hardly an everyday occurrence, crocodile attacks are a known risk in Ethiopia - as in any region where they thrive.

A baptism in Ethiopia took a awful turn when a crocodile jumped out of a lake and grabbed a pastor who was conducting a mass baptism.

Some 80 people set to be baptized at a lake in southern Ethiopia instead watched as their pastor was killed by a crocodile Sunday.

A giant crocodile killed an African pastor as he was conducting a mass baptism.

Members of the congregation, as well as fishermen on the lake, attempted to rescue the clergyman - an nearly impossible task.

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Local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC: "He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one".

Despite huge efforts, fishermen and residents could not save pastor Docho, policeman Eiwnetu Kanko said.

The lake's reddish-brown waters make it hard to spot the animals until they surface, the Telegraph said. They could not capture the crocodile but they managed to use fishing nets to save the deceased's body.

Crocodile attacks are common in Africa, the paper reported, with numerous victims being women washing clothes.

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