Lightning kills four at wedding

2010-09-11 08:36

A lightning strike killed four people who were taking part in wedding celebrations inside a marquee in a Mauritanian village yesterday, a family member has said.

“The two men and the two women were in a tent put up for the marriage ceremony,” the family member said of the tragedy in a village around 60km east of the capital Nouakchott.

“They died instantly. Two other people were slightly burnt.”

A baby whom one of the women was breastfeeding was saved “by a miracle”, the source said.

The storm otherwise spared a large group of people who had gathered for the wedding.

The accident plunged the village into mourning on the day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim feast marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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