KALAYA/SWABI, March 23: Three security men were killed and five others received serious injuries when lightning hit their post in Ghiljo tehsil of Orakzai Agency on Saturday.

Sources said that lightning hit the checkpost during heavy rain at around 11 am and killed three security men on the spot.

The victims were identified as Naik Rabnawaz, Lance Naik Ibrar and Naib Subedar Ali Khan.

Five other security men identified as Kamran, Arshad Khan, Noor Mohammad, Saifullah and Wali Hamayum were injured in the incident. The injured security men were shifted to Combined Military Hospital in Thall, Hangu district.

Officials said that the injured men were in stable condition at the hospital.

Meanwhile, rain accompanied with hailstorm lashed various parts of Swabi, including Topi tehsil and Tarbela Dam, on Saturday.

The hailstorm damaged standing wheat crop in some areas of the district. Besides, the storm also hit the tobacco crop planted just a month earlier. Local farmers said that duration of hailstorm was short and it did not cause much damage to the crop.

In Topi tehsil the hailstorm struck proper Topi city, Pehur, Right Bank, Batakara and villages along the bank of Indus River.

Updated Mar 24, 2013 05:16am

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