[QODLink]
Africa

Many killed in Nigeria church stampede

Officials search for cause of stampede at overnight vigil that killed at least 24 people in country's east.

Last Modified: 03 Nov 2013 13:48
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

At least 24 people have been killed and many more injured in a stampede at the end of a church vigil in eastern Nigeria, officials said.

Nineteen women were amongst the dead at the stampede in the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Uke, Anambra state on Saturday, where around 100,000 worshippers had gathered for All Souls Day, Red Cross spokesman Peter Kachi told Reuters news agency by telephone.

Authorities did not know what caused the stampede which happened as followers celebrated an overnight vigil to mark All Saints' Day.

"There were too many people and the place was so overcrowded," Osmond Okoli, who narrowly survived being squashed
in the crowd, told local station Channels TV. "We were too compacted so people fell and they were being pushed on us and then we all began to shout from the ground."

The event had been attended hours earlier by the local Anambra state governor, Peter Obi. He later returned to the scene and visited the injured in hospital, promising to set up an inquiry to establish the cause of the accident.

Anambra is about 300km south of Abuja. Religious services gathering several hundred thousand people are common in Nigeria, a country of around 170 million split roughly evenly between Christians and Muslims.

197

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list