At least 16 dead as lightning strikes Rwanda church

At least 16 dead as lightning strikes Rwanda church

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

Fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province in the weekend, local mayor Habitegeko Francois 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.

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