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52 dead in Ethiopia festival stampede: regional governm...



52 dead in Ethiopia festival stampede: regional government

03 Oct 2016 0

Fifty-two people died on Sunday in a stampede at a religious festival in Ethiopia to celebrate the end of the rainy season, the regional government said.

Violence broke out at the gathering in the town of Bishoftu near the capital Addis Ababa due to the actions of “irresponsible forces”, the authorities said in a statement, adding that “as a consequence, 52 people died in this crush.”


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