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Ten dead in Angola New Year stampede

Almost 120 people were hurt in the crush at the evangelical vigil in the Angolan capital Luanda.

File image of hospital hospital staff pushing trolley's carrying bodies of people trampled to death in a stampede at another event at Luanda stadium.
File image of hospital hospital staff pushing trolley's carrying bodies of people trampled to death in a stampede at another event at Luanda stadium.
Image: (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

TEN PEOPLE, INCLUDING four children, died and 120 were hurt in a stampede at an evangelical vigil in the Angolan capital Luanda on New Year’s Eve.

Civil protection spokesman Faustino Sebastiao said the victims were crushed by the crowd and asphyxiated at the entrance to the Cidadela Desportiva stadium after only two of the four gates had been opened.

Twelve of the injured were still in hospital on Tuesday.

“We were expecting 70,000 people but far more turned up,” Ferner Batalha, a bishop of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, was quoted as saying.

He said the pentecostalist church had told the authorities about the event and requested that Red Cross workers attend.

Lina Ali, director of clinical services at Americo Boavida hospital, confirmed that the victims had died of asphyxiation, saying 70 people had been hospitalised.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God was founded in Brazil in 1977.

- © AFP, 2013

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