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At least 16 dead as lightning strikes Rwanda church

AFP  |  Kigali 

At least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a in Rwanda, a said today.

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

Two others died later from their injuries, he said.

He 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.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 16:50 IST