Crocodile kills pastor during baptism in Ethiopia

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Eighty people were gathered at Lake Abaya while Docho Eshetem, the Protestant clergyman, conducted a mass baptism in the shallow water.

Lake Abaya is located in Arba Minch town's Merkeb Tabya district, about 225 miles south of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor", a local resident told the BBC.

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

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Fishermen attempted to rescue Docho, but they only managed to prevent the crocodile from taking his body with fishing nets.

The crocodile was not captured.

Eyewitnesses and police said that a crocodile sprung from the water and attacked the pastor.

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Travel books describe Ethiopia's second-largest lake as breathtakingly lovely but also a potential danger zone due to its large population of aggressive predators.

Conservationists say crocodile attacks are common throughout parts of Africa, where the animals live close to humans, according to the Telegraph.

Humans are "less powerful and slower in water than any similar-sized wild mammal and therefore easy prey" for the "opportunist ambush predator", according to a United Nations report.

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