Sierra Leone presidential inauguration 2018

At least one person was killed and about twenty injured on Saturday while trying to force the entrance of a crowded stadium in Freetown where the inauguration ceremony of the new president of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio was taking place, announced the police and the Red Cross.

At least one person was killed and 20 injured on Saturday in a stampede at Sierra Leone’s packed main stadium with tens of thousands gathered for the swearing in of the country’s new president Julius Maada Bio, police and the Red Cross said.

“The death figure may rise because we are still taking injured people from the stadium,” a Red Cross official, Unisa Carew, told Agence France Presse. Video posted to social media showed a fleet of ambulances responding to a chaotic and crowded scene.

Police in Sierra Leone opened an investigation into a stampede at the country’s main stadium during the weekend inauguration of the new president in which one man was killed and 90 were injured.

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