Lightning strike kills 11 taking selfies in India

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A lightning strike killed at least 11 people and injured many more in the northern city of Jaipur on Sunday.

The victims were taking selfies in the rain atop a watch tower at the 12th Century Amer Fort, a popular tourist attraction.

Some 27 people were on the tower and the wall of the fort when the incident happened – and some of them reportedly jumped to the ground.

Lightning strikes have been killing 2,000 Indians on average since 2004.

A senior police officer told the media that the tower was a popular spot in the fort, adding that most of the people among the dead were young.

Sunday alone saw nine more deaths from lightning strikes reported across Rajasthan, the state where Jaipur is located, according to local media reports.

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