Rush for free food packets kills 10 at Bangladesh prayer meeting

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Hundreds of people rushed to a Bangladeshi community centre prayer meeting to get free food packets on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 50 in the crush, police said.

The family of a former mayor in the southern port city of Chittagong had organised a prayer meet and offered the food packets in his memory.

“We repeatedly announced on the loudspeaker that there are adequate stock of foods at the centre, but when the gate was opened, hundreds of people tried to enter at the same time,” Devashis Paul, a local leader of the ruling Awami League party, said.

(Reporting by Nazimuddin Shyamol from Chittagong; Editing by Neha Dasgupta and Nick Macfie)

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