Crocodile kills pastor during mass baptism in Ethiopia

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  • A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptizing followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia
  • Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for nearly 80 people on Sunday near Lake Abaya in Merkeb Tabya district when a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor

A lakeside mass baptism service in Ethiopia ended in a tragedy after a crocodile attacked and killed the pastor.

According to a report by BBC, Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town’s Merkeb Tabya district.

Residents and police told BBC Amharic a crocodile leap from the water during the baptism and attacked him.

“He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor,” local resident Ketema Kairo said.

Even after their continuous attempts, fishermen and locals failed to salvage Pastor Docho, police said.

Fishermen and members of the congregation did their best to help Pastor Docho. However, the pastor died from the attack.

According to police officer Eiwnetu Kanko, those in attendance used fishing nets to keep the crocodile from taking his body away.

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The suspected culprit that attacked Pastor Docho is a Nile Crocodile. Some Nile Crocodiles can grow to be up to six metres (20ft) long while weighing as much as 1,000kg (1 ton), and some estimates suggest the species is responsible for more than 300 attacks on humans in Africa every year.

Nile Crocodiles causes the third highest number of large-animal-related human fatalities in Africa, after hippos and lions.