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Sierra Leone police investigate inauguration stampede

Sierra Leone police investigate inauguration stampede

Sierra Leone

<p><strong>Police in Sierra Leone opened an investigation into a stampede at the country’s main stadium during the weekend inauguration of the new president in which one woman was killed and 90 were injured.</strong></p> <p>Some arrests have been made but no one has been charged so far, a police statement said.</p> <p>Sierra Leone Red Cross Society spokesman Abu-Bakr Tarawally on Monday updated the number of injured to 90 following Saturday’s crush at Freetown’s main stadium.</p> <p>“We can confirm that 90 people were injured at the stadium stampede on inauguration day, some suffered, fractures, injuries with severe bleeding and suffocation,” he said.</p> <p>According to stadium management, over 50,000 people attended the inauguration, far exceeding the stadium capacity of 45,000.</p> <p>“Some fainted and collapsed at pavilions while others jumped to the pitch and suffered fractures,”</p> <p>The deceased is a 50-year-old woman who travelled from Liberia to witness Julius Maada Bio being sworn in.</p> <p>Bio took office in early April after a tumultuous election campaign, ending a decade-long rule by the All People’s Congress (<span class="caps">APC</span>).</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>

We can confirm that 90 people were injured at the stadium stampede on inauguration day, some suffered, fractures, injuries with severe bleeding and suffocation

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