Two women die after lightning strikes them during prayer service at church


Lighting (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Two young women are who were praying at a church, died after being struck by lightning, police in Nigeria said.

Imo police said that they have launched an investigation after Pastor Luke Nwokocha, 54, claimed that lightning caused the death of 25-year-old Chioma Jonathan and 26-year-old Chinonye Anyanwu.

Nwokocha said that he, his wife and the two women gathered for a short prayer session on Tuesday. Suddenly, a large bolt of lightning hit the church, followed by thunder.

The pastor was not in the lightning’s direct path, but he was injured after being thrown across the room by the force of the electricity.

The two women, who were directly hit by the lightning, died instantly. The pastor's wife, Pastor Eucharia Nwokocha, took her husband to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police detained the pastor for questioning. So far, no charges have been filed.