Lightning strikes Colombian soldiers dead

Life should seem tough enough for soldiers in Colombia.
Tough enough without the prospect of getting hit by lightning as more than two dozen have been in the last five days.
Many don’t choose the life; They’re forced into the police or armed forces by a law the makes service mandatory for many young men.
There’s always the constant threat of kidnapping or bombings by Colombia’s various guerrilla factions. Despite the brightest prospects of peace in half a century, guerrilla bombings of police stations in the southwest department of Cauca remain common.
In the last year some soldiers, held as hostages in hopes of a prisoner exchange, by Colombia’s largest guerrilla group the FARC were released after more than a decade in captivity.
But, if bombs and kidnappings weren’t enough, now soldiers are dodging lightning bolts as the rainy season – packing plenty of electrical storms – has come to southern Colombia.
Nine soldiers on patrol were struck early this morning.
A lieutenant and two others were killed. The six others suffered unspecified injuries.
On Monday, another patrol searching for guerrillas, according to the military, was struck by lightning. One soldier was killed and six others injured.

Sometimes packing a rifle around the Colombian countryside doesn´t seem like the best job around.

According to, Colombia, with 71 deaths, is sixth in the world in number of lightning deaths per year. (Canada is 25th.)

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

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