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Girl trampled to death in cash-handout stampede

Jakarta -

An 11-year-old Indonesian girl was trampled to death on Tuesday while queueing for a handout at the private residence of Vice President-elect Jusuf Kalla in South Sulawesi province.

She was among thousands of people hoping to get 50 000 rupiahs (about $5) at a ceremony marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadaan, state-owned news agency Antara reported.

“She was trampled to death and crushed during the queue,” it quoted a relative of the girl as saying.

At least six other people aged 16 to 50 were treated in hospital after being trampled in the stampede outside the house in the provincial capital Makassar.

Indonesians celebrated the first day of Eid ul-Fitr on Monday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadaan.

The open-house gathering is an annual Eid tradition for many government officials and politicians. - Sapa-dpa

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