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Lightning Strikes 16 Worshipers Dead In Church

Lightning was reported to have struck no fewer than 16 worshipers dead at the Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said today, Sunday.

Report reaching us said that 14 worshipers were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province yesterday, Saturday.

A local mayor, Habitegeko Francois told AFP over the phone that two other worshipers died later from the injuries they sustained.

He added that 140 people who were involved in the incident have been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many have already been discharged.

“Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition but they are getting better.”

According to the mayor, a similar accident took place on Friday when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of them.

AFP. [myad]