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Death toll from lightning near White House rises to 3

According to police in Washington DC, the death toll from lightning near the White House has risen to three

DC police told reporters on Friday that a 29-year-old man was struck by lightning in Lafayette Square, north of the White House, on Thursday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.

An elderly Wisconsin couple, both in their 70s, also died.

The condition of the other person injured along with the three victims has not been released.

Emergency personnel had earlier said that all four people involved in the incident had “seriously life-threatening injuries”.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement Friday saying she was “saddened by the tragic loss of life” after lightning struck Lafayette Park.

“Our hearts are with the families who have lost their loved ones and we are praying for those who are still fighting for their lives,” the statement said.

According to the National Lightning Safety Council, there have been at least 12 lightning strikes in the United States so far this year.

“This is a sad reminder that you should never take shelter under a tree when thunder strikes,” the organization tweeted on Friday.

, Death toll from lightning near White House rises to 3

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