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At least 16 dead as lightning strikes Rwanda church

By AFP

Added 11th March 2018 02:40 PM

140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged

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140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged

PIC: 14 victims were killed on spot. (Credit: AFP)

WEATHER | ACCIDENT

RWANDA - At least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda, a local official said Sunday.

Fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told AFP over the phone.

Two others died later from their injuries, he said.

Habitegeko added that 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital and district health centres, but that many had already been discharged.

"Doctors say that only three of them are in critical condition, but they are getting better," he said.

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

AFP

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