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Lightning kills 2 of a family in Habiganj

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Two members of a family were killed and another person was seriously injured by a lightning strike in Habiganj's Madhabpur upazila this evening.

The deceased were identified as Shanta Akhtar, 22, and her brother-in-law's daughter Sadia Akhtar, 12, of Dakhkhingram under Chatiain union in Madhabpur, our Moulvibazar correspondent reports quoting police.

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The injured, Sharmin Akhter, 35, mother-in-law of Shanta, is undergoing treatment at Madhabpur Upazila Health Complex.

Rakibul Islam Khan, officer-in-charge of Madhabpur Police Station said the trio was struck by a thunderbolt at Shimulghar Road market around 6:00pm while they were returning home from Shimulghar village after attending a family programme.

Shanta and Sadia died on the spot.

However, Sharmin was rescued by locals and taken to the upazila health complex, added the police official.

Madhabpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Monjur Ahsan said government financial assistance will be given to the family.