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Tuesday 23 September 2014

33 dead after stampede in Guinea

Published 30/07/2014 | 15:19

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Troops at the entrance to a morgue where the stampede victims are being kept. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
The entrance to the property where a stampede took place during a rap concert in the city of Conakry in Guinea. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

At least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.

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Donka Hospital Director Fatou Sike Camara said the victims included children as young as 10.

Thousands had gathered at the beach in Conakry for a concert celebrating the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Witnesses say the stampede happened after the show ended as the large crowd tried to exit through a small gate. Some people fell to the ground and were trampled.

In an address on national television, president Alpha Conde called for a one-week mourning period for the victims; he did not give a death toll.

Conde also closed the capital's beaches until further notice and said an investigation is under way.

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