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Three Hockey Match Spectators Killed in Lightning Strikes

Three spectators of a hockey match were killed and two others were injured when lightning struck a tree shortly after the match was abandoned due to rains in Sundargarh district today, police said.

The five were among hundreds of people who had gathered to watch the local hockey match at Sagbahal under Talsara police station area.

The match had progressed half way when it started to pour down. 

Several people, including the five victims, took shelter under a banyan tree that was struck by lightning, police said.

While three persons, including two brothers, were declared brought dead at hospital, two others were admitted there in a serious condition, police said.

The hockey match between a local team and another from outside was part of a tournament popular among the local tribal community.

source: PTI


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