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Lightning strikes makeshift mosque in Bangladesh, kills 13,including the imam

From Farid Ahmed, for CNN

August 11, 2011

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded when lightning struck a makeshift mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh on Friday, police said.

The lightning strike occurred as people gathered for a special evening prayer known as taraweeh that is conducted during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"Multiple lightning strikes occurred during a storm when nearly 35 people gathered at a house in the village of Saraswati where they turned a tin roof shed into a makeshift mosque for the month of Ramadan as a regular mosque was far away," Dharmapasha police chief Bayes Alam told CNN.

The village Saraswati is some 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital of Dhaka.

Heavy rains in recent weeks have swollen the Saraswati River, making access to the village difficult.

"As boats were the only


Added: Aug-11-2012 Occurred On: Aug-11-2012
By: aydeo
Regional News, Other Middle East
Tags: Lightning strike, mosque, Ramadan, Bangladesh
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