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An 18-year-old male who was among a group of persons playing cricket was killed after being struck by lightning at Koswatta in Dankotuwa yesterday.

Police Media Unit said the victim had been trying to retrieve a cricket ball that had been hit onto the roof of a neighboring house. He had been trying to get onto the roof by climbing the pole of the TV antenna that was beside the roof when the antenna had been struck by a bolt of lightning, killing him instantly.

The deceased has been identified as a resident of Badulla. A post-mortem examination is due to be held today at the Marawila hospital.