16 people died as lightning struck church during service in Rwanda

It was a bad and tragic story to tell as 16 people reportedly died after lightning strangely struck a church building during usual service in Rwanda.

Some witnesses revealed that there were "dead bodies everywhere" after the incident.

According to Agence France Presse, AFP, a local official said Sunday that at least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after the lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda.

Fourteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, 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.

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

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