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Old August 14th, 2007, 09:31 AM  
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Lightning Kills Five at Chinese Funeral

Posted: 2007-08-14 03:35:14
Filed Under: Weird News, World News
BEIJING, Aug 14 (Aug. 14) - Lightning killed five mourners attending a Chinese funeral, state media said on Tuesday.

Lightning struck a shack a villager had built to hold Friday's wake for his dead wife in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

Three mourners were killed outright, 16 were injured and two died later in hospital, the Shanghai Daily said.

The victims were two middle-aged women, two 14-year-old boys and a four-year-old child, it added.

Lightning strikes killed 403 people across the country up to July this year -- equivalent to the entire total in 2006 -- the paper said, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

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