28 May '16, 3pm

10 children among 11 injured in Paris park lightning strike - official

PARIS (AFP) - Eleven people, most of them children, were injured on Saturday when lightning struck a birthday party in a Paris park, officials said, adding that six of the victims were seriously injured. Police said eight children and three adults were hurt when the storm hit as they were holding the celebrations in Parc Monceau in north-west Paris. “They had taken shelter under a tree,” said Paris official Karen Taieb. Three of the children and one adult had life-threatening injuries, the Paris force said, with another child and another adult also seriously injured. The children were aged between 7 and 14. Local official Vincent Baladi, speaking to iTELE television, had earlier given a slightly different toll of 10 children and one adult injured. “We hope they will all pull through,” said Baladi, who handles security matters in Paris’ eighth arrondissement where the park ...

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