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India stampede kills 18 near Mumbai: Report

Published on Jan 18, 2014 12:16 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - A stampede killed at least 18 people in western India on early Saturday when a large crowd gathered to pay their last respects to a Muslim spiritual leader, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Forty people were also injured in the incident at south of Mumbai, which occurred shortly after 1:00am local time at the residence of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died at the age of 102 on Friday, it said.

It was unclear what triggered the stampede.

Buhranuddin, who was to celebrate his 103rd birthday in a few weeks, died of a heart attack at his home. He was a leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community, a sect of Shiite Islam.

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