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Death toll in Bauchi alms stampede rises to 7 – Police



The death toll from Sunday’s Bauchi alms-giving stampede rises to seven, the police in the state said on Monday.

The Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Wakil, said that three more women died.

NEWSVERGE reports that four people were reportedly trampled to death on Sunday during an attempt to participate in an almsgiving exercise at Shafa Holdings Company Plc on Jos Road in Bauchi, Bauchi State.

The police said that the incident happened at about 10.20am when the company was holding its annual Zakat exercise, otherwise known as almsgiving, to help the less-privileged in the state.

”The Medical Doctor at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) confirmed that two more women died at the hospital among those brought for treatment.’

“The other woman was conveyed home by her family, but she died at home,” he said.

”More details will be made available to the public as the command receives them.” he stressed.

NEWSVERGE reports that an eye witness, Laraba Saleh, said several other people, women and children, were injured during the stampede.

Ahmed Kaigama

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