Many Killed in Madagascar Stadium Stampede

A stampede at a stadium during Madagascar’s independence day celebrations killed 16 people and left 101 people injured. The incident happened at the entrance of the stadium as the crowd jostled to get through the gate at the Mahamasina stadium in the capital Antananarivo. “The gate was not large enough for the crowd,” said General Richard Ravalomanana. The president wished the wounded a speedy recovery and announced his government would foot the hospital bill for those injured. Wednesday’s tragedy is the second to occur at the stadium in the capital, and has cast a shadow over events marking the country’s 59 years of independence from France.


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