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OTHER WORLD Lightning kills 13 worshippers in Bangladesh mosque

15 others injured were brought to the town in boats and being treated for critical wounds

By Anisur Rahman, Correspondent
August 11, 2012

Dhaka: Lightning inside a village mosque in northeastern Bangladesh overnight killed 13 and injured 15 other worshippers as they were offering prayers in a congregation, reports and officials said today.

“Lightning struck them just after they completed offering Taraweeh prayers and were coming out of the makeshift mosque [at Dharmapasha area of Sunamganj district],” a police official told Gulf News.

The reports said 10 people were killed instantly while three others died overnight at a local hospital where some 15 were being treated, some of them with critical wounds.

Police said the lightning struck the tin-roofed makeshift mosque as a storm accompanied by thunderbolts lashed the neighbourhood at the remote frontier village where waterway is the only means of communication with Dharmapasha sub-district and Sunamganj district.

“It takes one at least three hours to reach the village from the nearest town of Dharmapasha . . . the injured were brought to the town in boats overnight with burn injuries,” a local village leader told the Prothom Alo newspaper.

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