Seven killed, 30 injured in stampede in Congo's music festival

09:47, July 12, 2011      

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Seven people died and 30 others were injured in a weekend stampede during a music festival held in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, according to the latest information released by the government.

The tragic happened on Saturday night at the ceremony to open the 8th edition of the Pan-African Music Festival (Fespam).

The revelations were made on Sunday at a press conference by Congolese Culture and Arts Minister Jean Claude Gakosso.

Gakosso said the injured were out of danger, adding that a commission of inquiry had already been put in place to determine the exact cause of this unfortunate situation.

The minister also told reporters that another committee had been set up to prepare for the burial of the dead.

Following this tragedy that happened at the Felix Eboue stadium in Brazzaville where the opening ceremony was taking place, the minister announced that the Congolese government decided to stop the Fespam 2011 edition.

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