Lightning strike kills 17 people at wedding and injures 14 others including the groom

By Linda Ikeji

Remains of the victims

At least 17 wedding guests were killed after being struck by lightning on their way to the nuptials in Bangladesh.

Fourteen others including the groom were injured after the group was caught in a thunderstorm on their way to the bride’s house in the riverside town of Shibganj, Bangladesh.

The group had just got off a boat on the bank of the river Padma near Shibganj on Wednesday 4th at noon, to take shelter at the bride’s house when lightning struck, the BBC reported.

The bride was not with the party when the lightning struck on Wednesday, according to Sakib Al-Rabby, a local government official.

The lightning struck Chapainawabganj, the Western district of Bangladesh, about 150 miles north-west of Dhaka.

Lightning kills more than 200 people in Bangladesh, the majority being farmers in their fields, each year.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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