Lightning kills 16 inside Seventh Day Adventist Church

Lightning kills 16 inside Seventh Day Adventist Church

An official declared the death of over 16 people as many others were wounded in lightening that hit a church in a seven day event for in Rwanda.

Local mayor Habitegeko Francois said 14 people died immediately after the lightning strike in Nyaruguru district, while another two later died of their injuries.

(File picture) A photo taken on January 25, 2018, shows a lightning before sunrise in the Mara Triangle, the north-western part of Masai Mara national reserve managed by non-profit organization Mara Conservancy, in southern Kenya.

It took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service.

Some 70 of the injured were admitted to Munini hospital, and 58 of them have been discharged, said Innocent Ndebeyaho, director of the hospital, on Sunday.

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

The Seventh-Day Adventists are a Protestant denomination, which observes Saturday as the Sabbath.

Sixteen others were injured in the lightning strike on Friday, the mayor said.

The deadly church incident occurred in the mountainous region of Rwanda near the southern border with Burundi.

Some of the closed churches have since re-opened after being approved by a building inspector.

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