Churchgoers killed by lightning in Rwanda

Fourteen victims were reportedly killed “on the spot” as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, AFP reported. Image courtesy: Nation Breaking News

At least 16 people have died and dozens more have been injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Rwanda, according to a local official.

Fourteen victims were reportedly killed “on the spot” as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, AFP reported.

The local mayor, Habitegeko Francois said to AFP in a statement that two other died later from their injuries.

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

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

A severe lightning storm took place on Friday in Rwanda, according to the mayor. Striking a group of 18 students, killing one.