الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Bangladesh pilgrims die in stampede

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At least 10 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in a stampede during a bathing ritual at a holy site in Narayanganj, Bangladesh.

Police inspector Nasir Ahmed told AFP news agency the crush had involved “huge numbers of people”.

He said the cause was not clear, but there were “an unusually high number of pilgrims” at the event.

The incident happened during the Astami Snan, one of the largest annual Hindu ceremonies in Bangladesh.

Around a million pilgrims from Bangladesh and surrounding countries travel to the area each year to wash in the Brahmaputra river at Langalband, 20km (12 miles) south of the capital, Dhaka.

Mr Ahmed said police were investigating what had gone wrong.

“The stampede involved a huge number of people as thousands of shoes could still be seen on the road an hour after it happened,” he added.

Police official Mohammad Jakaria told reporters the victims were seven women and three men, all aged over 50.

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