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Bangladesh funeral stampede leaves several dead

Mohiuddin Chowdhury, in a close-up from a 2010 sporting event photo Image copyright AFP

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in a stampede in Chittagong city in Bangladesh.

The rush happened during the post-funeral prayer and feast for former mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury.

Speaking to the AFP news agency, a police official said the death toll could rise because at least 15 of the wounded were critically injured.

Mr Chowdhury, who had served the city corporation for 16 years, died on Friday at the age of 73.

Local newspaper The Daily Star said the incident happened in the Jamal Khan area at a memorial event organised for the minority Hindu community. A police official told the paper all of the dead were men who had been attempting to attend the event.

The feast, a part of Muslim funeral tradition, was hosted across a number of venues in the city because of Mr Chowdhury’s status and drew many thousands of attendees.

Police staged baton charges to clear crowds at the feast, AFP reported.


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