A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia.
Docho Eshete was grabbed by the crocodile soon after he started a mass baptism for 80 people on the shores of Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town’s Merkeb Tabya district.
He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one,” local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC.
“All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor.” Pastor Docho was said to have been bitten on his legs, back and hands.
As his horrified congregation looked on, local fishermen reportedly struggled to rescue him. It was said they succeeded only in using their nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the 45-year-old’s body into the lake, near the city of Arba Minch. The crocodile is understood to have escaped.