(CNN) — Twenty-six people, at least half of them children, were killed in a stampede near a mosque in Timbuktu, Mali, according to a journalist who witnessed the incident.
Moulaye Sayah, who works for National Radio and Television of Mali and Mali’s News Agency, both state-run, said at least 41 people were injured in the stampede, which occurred Thursday night during the Muslim festival of Mouloud, outside Djinguereber mosque.
At least 24 people were crushed to death and many more injured after a stampede broke out on Thursday at the main mosque in Mali’s north-western city of Timbuktu.
AFP- A stampede at a famed mosque in Mali’s northwestern desert city of Timbuktu crushed at least 24 people to death and left many more injured, police and hospital sources said Friday.
Twenty-six people, mostly women and children, have been killed in a crush at the famous Djinguereber mosque in Timbuktu, sources have told the BBC.
A stampede at a famed mosque in Mali’s north-western desert city of Timbuktu crushed at least 26 people to death and left many more injured, officials and witnesses said.
A hospital source said 16 bodies had arrived at a Timbuktu hospital and 55 had been injured in the crush outside the Djinguereber mosque, one of Mali’s most recognisable buildings.