Cameroon’s state radio said today a lightning bolt struck and killed five children at a school in the north-west of the country.
Some 58 others went into shock after the lightning bolt hit the small village school yesterday.
A teacher said the bolt hit at the beginning of the school day.
Several witnesses, including a prominent traditional ruler, said they believed the event had mystical roots.
Belief in witchcraft is common in the West African nation, and a thunderbolt is traditionally seen as a way of settling disputes.
Mountainous north-western Cameroon has been deluged with floods and landslides in recent months.
At least six people have been killed by floods and landslides triggered by heavy downpours in the region.