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14 killed in China mosque stampede: Xinhua

Published on Jan 6, 2014 7:05 AM

BEIJING (AFP) -  Fourteen people were killed and 10 injured in a stampede during a gathering at a mosque in China’s Ningxia region, state media reported on Monday.

The stampede occurred at lunchtime on Sunday while traditional food was being handed out to people attending an event to commemorate a late religious leader, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government.

The injured were hospitalised, with four in critical condition, the brief report said.

One photo posted online by Chinese news outlets showed six bodies laid out side-by-side inside a building, with several children in colourful outfits among the dead. “Those poor children,” wrote one poster.

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