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A Kenyan pastor stabbed his wife during a church service before slitting his throat in a murder-suicide in front of the church congregation.

Elijah Misiko, who held the position as an assistant pastor with the Ground for God's Gospel Church in Mombasa, reportedly got up from his front-row seat and proceeded to walk towards his wife.

What happened next was truly shocking.

In front of the entire congregation, Misiko then approached his wife, senior pastor Ann Mughoi, who was positioned on the pulpit and stabbed her with one of the knives he'd hidden in an envelope.

"He walked up to his wife while the church was praying as if he wanted to whisper something to her," Mombasa sub-county police commander Julius Kiragu said per CNN. 

"Then he took one of the knives and stabbed her (wife) two times. He believed she was dead. He then stabbed himself three times in the stomach and slit his throat."

Misiko died instantly from his stab wounds, but his poor wife, Mughoi, died at a local hospital a few hours later, police said.

They had reportedly been at odds with each other over who would lead their church.

Back in 2017, Mighoi alleged that Misiko had tried to kill her and the police detained him to investigate the matter further.

Misiko was released the following day after police said they found the accusations untrue, Kiragu said.

"She had been trying to stay away from the husband since the dispute over the ownership of the church began," Kiragu told CNN. "They had even reported the matter to church leaders, but they were unable to resolve the dispute."

It is reported that Misiko also left a 17-page suicide note.