23 killed, 36 injured by stampede at Sudanese stadium

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Map showing Khartoum, Omdurman, and Bahri.

23 people have been killed and 36 injured by a stampede at a football stadium in Sudan's capital, Khartoum.

The victims had been attending a graduation ceremony for young people who had completed training before beginning one year's military service. The victims had been attempting to enter the stadium when the disaster occurred. According to a police statement, "the majority of them [the victims] are women and children."

Khartoum's stadium is actually in the capital's twin city Omdurman. Omdurman Hospital is now treating the injured survivors. Bodies of the deceased have already been taken to the local morgue.