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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Newly-hatched crocodiles are seen at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
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Workers feed crocodiles at Sri Ayuthaya crocodile farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
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Workers catch young crocodiles and put them into sacks at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Workers process crocodile meat at a slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Dyed crocodile skins are displayed at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
A worker collects crocodile eggs at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
A zoo worker places crocodile eggs inside a hatchery at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
A worker helps a baby crocodile out of its shell at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
Newly-hatched crocodiles are seen in a basin at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
Crocodiles are seen at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
A worker removes crocodile skins at a slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
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Chinese tourists touch a dyed crocodile skin at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
A Chinese tourist tries on a jacket made from crocodile skin at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
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A crocodile is seen at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
Crocodiles are seen at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
A crocodile is seen at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha 
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