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Dozens killed in stampede in Guinea at Ramadan event

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Dozens killed in stampede in Guinea at Ramadan event


A week of mourning has been declared in Guinea after dozens of people were feared to have been killed in a stampede at a concert in the capital Conakry.

It happened at a beachside event marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The Guinean presidency said an investigation was underway but it was not clear yet exactly how many people had died or what caused the stampede. Hospital officials were quoted by the AFP news agency as saying there were at least 24 deaths.

The presidency declared a week of mourning after what it described as a “tragic drama”.

The disaster has placed more pressure on health authorities already overstretched in their battle to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

It has claimed more than 670 lives in the West African nation and in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone since February.

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