Wednesday, July 30, 2014

33 die after Rap concert stampede

33 die after Rap concert stampede

Guinea beach concert stampede leaves 33 dead

AFP News | July 30, 2014

Police in Guinea launched an investigation Wednesday into a stampede at a seafront rap concert that left 33 people dead including 11 children in scenes of mass panic.

Authorities said the victims had been trampled underfoot on Rogbane beach as thousands surged to the exits after rap group "Instinct Killers" performed to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday.

"There was a stampede to get out of the concert, it was after the show that it all happened. The crowd wanted to get out but there was a rope that blocked the way," a police source told AFP.

"People at the back began pushing and people fell, creating a mass panic."

Authorities announced the closure of all beaches in the country in the wake of the disaster.

Medical sources told AFP that 33 deaths had been registered at the city's main emergency unit, with 11 of the victims aged between 10 and 17.

A further 58 people received treatment for minor injuries, the hospital said, indicating that several other injured had been treated elsewhere.