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Lightning kills shepherd, 19 buffaloes in western Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Authorities say lightning struck a livestock cage in western Indonesia, killing a shepherd and 19 water buffaloes.

Local police chief Sukamat said Tuesday that Sintor Habeyahan had been lighting a bonfire to repel mosquitoes in the cage in North Sumatra province’s Tapanuli Tengah district when lightning struck him and his buffaloes late Monday.

Sukamat, who uses a single name, said the man and 19 buffaloes were killed. Two other animals received minor injuries.

Grieving relatives buried the shepherd on Tuesday near a mass grave for his buffaloes.

The Associated Press