Pastor killed by crocodile during mass baptism

A pastor performing a mass lakeside baptism was attacked and killed by a crocodile.

The Independent reports that after starting the mass baptism of 80 people on the shores of Laka Abaya, the pastor was grabbed by the crocodile. Local fisherman reportedly attempted to rescue the man who was bitten on his legs back and hands, but they couldn’t save him.

While Lake Abaya in Ethiopia is said to be beautiful, it also has a large population of crocodiles who are aggressive toward people, according to Lonely Planet.

The Independent says that it was likely a Nile Crocodile, a species responsible for more than 300 attacks on humans in Africa each year.

The crocodile that killed the pastor is said to have escaped.

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