Fear gripped Embu town residents Thursday when a suspected witchdoctor dumped a snake at a church and drove off at high speed.
Shocked residents scampered for safety as the poisonous Puff Adder slithered out of a gunny bag.
Residents regrouped, killed the snake and burnt it.
"We were shocked when we saw the snake emerging from the bag," said Hussein Ali, a security guard.
Witnesses said the man stopped by the road side, opened the rear door of his vehicle and removed a gunny bag which contained the snake.
He then threw the bag outside Faith Keepers Church and drove off.
When the residents drew closer to check what was inside the bag, a snake came out, forcing them to flee in different directions.
Detectives asked witnesses to record statements.