Nine People Dead in Eid Stampede in Ghana
Nine people were killed in a Eid celebration stampede in Ghana.
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One eyewitness claimed that a power cut caused panic and the crush occurred as people rushed to leave the venue.
Nine people were killed in a stampede at a party in central Ghana to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a public official told reporters Thursday.
“We so far have nine people who are dead, six females and three males,” said Nurudeen Hamidan, the head of the Asokore Mampong municipal assembly, in the city of Kumasi.
There was no immediate comment from the police in the city, which is 255 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of the capital, Accra.
But Hamidan said three bodies have been identified so far and six people were injured, one of them critically, and were receiving treatment in hospital.
The party was organised Wednesday at a community center in the Asawase area of Kumasi as the climax to the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of a month of fasting and prayer.
Local member of parliament Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka said carnivals were often held to celebrate the occasion but in the past have been marked by clashes between youths.
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