Home | Global News | Ten killed in S. Africa New Year stampede in bar

Ten killed in S. Africa New Year stampede in bar

read time: 1 minute

By REUTERS

Published: Jan 1, 2011 17:56 Updated: Jan 1, 2011 17:56

JOHANNESBURG: Ten people were killed in a stampede in a bar in a South African township during a New Year’s Eve celebration, an official said on Saturday.

Most of the dead were believed to be between the ages of 18 and 25, but police were still investigating whether any were minors, said Lesiba Moses Kgwele, a local government spokesman.

Police were investigating the cause of the stampede, which happened shortly after midnight in Ipelegeng Township, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, Kgwele said.

State broadcaster SABC said it was believed to have been caused when a fight broke out and panicked patrons rushed toward the crowded bar’s sole exit.

Black residential districts known as townships are a legacy of South Africa’s apartheid regime and many remain areas of overcrowding and grinding poverty.

For more information visit: http://arabnews.com/world/article227782.ece

Check Also

Taliban kills dozens of Afghan forces in multiple attacks

10 september 2018 At least 37 Afghan security forces and pro-government fighters killed in attacks, …

The culprits of the Rabaa Massacre sentence the victims to death

The culprits of the Rabaa Massacre sentence the victims to death Egypt has sentenced 75 …