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Conde closes beaches after stampede

Africa

Conakry - Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.

Donka Hospital Director Fatou Sike Camara said on Wednesday that the victims included children as young as 10.

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Guinea President Alpha Conde's office declared a period of mourning for the victims of the stampede. File picture: AFP

Thousands had gathered at the beach in Conakry for a concert celebrating the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadaan.

Witnesses say the stampede happened after the show ended as the large crowd tried to exit through a small gate.

Some people fell to the ground and were trampled.

In an address on national television, President Alpha Conde called for a one-week mourning period for the victims. He did not give a death toll.

Conde also closed the capital's beaches closed until further notice and said an investigation was under way. - Sapa-AP

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