Church stampede in Anambra, Nigeria, 'kills 17'
- 3 November 2013
- From the section Africa
At least 17 people have been killed and many more injured in a stampede at the end of a religious vigil in eastern Nigeria, officials say.
More than 100,000 people were said to have gathered at the venue of the incident, the Holy Ghost Adoration Ground in Anambra State.
Local media say that the death toll could be higher.
Anambra governor Peter Obi had been at the event and later returned to visit the injured in hospital.
The stampede took place at about 06:00 (05:00 GMT) on Saturday.
Anambra is about 300km (185 miles) south of Abuja.
"We have visited the hospital in Nkpor and found 17 corpses that were brought in from the scene of the disaster," spokesman Mike Udah told AFP news agency.