As elderly Buddhist monk is hacked to death
More than 50 people across Bangladesh have died after being struck by lightning in the past two days, police said.
Many of the dead were farmers who were killed as they worked in their paddy fields.
Bangladesh is prone to electrical storms but this year they have been particularly severe. Experts suggest a general rise in temperatures and deforestation may be factors.
Other victims included two students in the capital, Dhaka, who were struck as they played football, and a teenage boy who died when he went to collect mangoes.
About 90 people have been killed by lightning since March, compared to a total of 51 people in the whole of 2015.
Meanwhile, Police in Bangladesh said a 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been hacked to death in the south-eastern district of Bandarban.
An official said the monk’s body was found inside a Buddhist temple. It is the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities, secular activists and academics.
More than 20 people have been killed by suspected Islamists in the last three years.
Police said Maung Shue U Chak appeared to have been attacked by at least four people at the temple in Baishari, 350km (220 miles) south-east of the capital Dhaka.
His killing follows the murder of two prominent gay activists, a law student and a university professor in April. In February a Hindu priest was beheaded in northern Bangladesh.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) group and a Bangladeshi militant group affiliated to al-Qaeda have said they carried out some of the killings.