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10 Die in Bangladesh Stampede

10 Die in Bangladesh Stampede10 Die in Bangladesh Stampede

A stampede on Monday by thousands of poor villagers outside the home of a businessman distributing alms ahead of Ramadan killed at least ten women and injured about 50 people, police in southeast Bangladesh said. It is a custom for devout Muslims to donate money or goods to the poor before or during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin on Wednesday or Thursday this week, Reuters reported. The stampede began after people jostled to collect clothes and other items at the residence of the owner of a steel mill, said police official Rafiqul Alam in the district of Chittagong, about 260 km from the capital Dhaka. “There were 10,000 to 12,000 people, mostly women and trying to push each other to collect alms ahead of others and that led to the stampede,” he told Reuters. The injured were treated at a nearby hospital and allowed to go, police said.

 

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