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  • 30 July 2014, 10:40

Guinea Concert Stampede Kills 'At Least 24'

At least 24 people have reportedly been killed in a stampede at a rap concert on a beach in Guinea.

The government declared a week of national mourning following the tragedy, which came after Guineans celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday, ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

It was not immediately clear what caused the stampede in the capital Conakry's northern Ratoma suburb, where the Guinean rap group Instinct Killers were among the headliners.

Medics took at least 24 bodies including 13 girls to a hospital morgue, an official told the AFP news agency, while dozens of music fans were injured.

The president's office said in a statement that it was "shocked by the tragedy caused by (crowd) movements at a cultural event".

An investigation has been launched to determine what caused the stampede, while the official in charge of organising public concerts has been suspended.

The disaster came as Guinea battles a deadly ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 670 people there and in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

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