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Five Killed in Algiers Rap Concert Stampede

Five Killed in Algiers Rap Concert Stampede

Friday, 23 August, 2019 - 04:45
Rap star Abderraouf Derradji. Photo taken from his official social media account
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Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the cause of a stampede ahead of a rapper's concert at an Algiers sports stadium that left five young people dead.

The prosecutor's office in Sidi M'Hamed said in a statement on Friday that an inquiry to determine the circumstances of the drama the night before was being opened.

The TSA online news site said that a stampede erupted at the entrance to the August-20 Stadium that killed five people aged 13 to 22. The concert by Algerian rapper Abderraouf Derradji, known as Soolking, had not yet started.

Captain Nassim Bernaoui of the civil protection unit told AFP there were five deaths: "Two young girls aged 19 and 22 and three boys aged 13, 21 and 16."

Dozens of people were lightly injured, Bernaoui said, 86 of whom were treated on the spot with another 32 taken to hospital.

Eight others were transferred to the Mustapha Pacha hospital in Algiers in critical condition, he added.

A medic, who asked to remain anonymous, later said seven people were still in hospital in a critical condition, without giving details on the eighth.

In front of the hospital, Ahmed Kadi had red eyes as he waited to collect the body of his daughter Chourouk.

"I didn't even know that my wife and my daughter had gone to the concert," he said, holding back tears.

They had been separated in the stampede.

"The organizers did their job badly," he said.

According to APS, the incident took place at around 1900 GMT, adding that the concert went ahead as planned but with a 30-minute delay.

More than 30,000 people were estimated to have attended the concert, APS reported.

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