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China stampede at Kunming school kills six children

A police officer tries to maintain order outside a school gate after a stampede at a primary school, in Kunming, Yunnan province September 26, 2014 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Children reportedly became trapped between two mattress and a stampede ensued, crushing some of the pupils

Six children have been killed and 22 injured in a stampede at a school in the southern Chinese city of Kunming.

Media reports say the youngsters aged seven to nine were playing with two mattresses at their school when some became trapped underneath.

That led to others rushing into a stairwell, where several fell and were crushed.

Following the stampede, Kunming officials demanded all schools conduct security checks to remove hazards.

The injured students have been taken to hospital and two were in critical condition, state media Xinhua reported.