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More than 100 killed in Indian religious event stampede, officials say

The stampede at a religious event in northern India was among the country's deadliest in recent years.

NEW DELHI - More than 100 people, most of them women and children, died Tuesday in a stampede at a crowded religious event in northern India, according to local officials, in the country's deadliest such incident in over a decade.

The circumstances that led to the stampede were unclear, but according to statements by witnesses and local officials to local television news channels, it appeared to be a combination of sweltering heat and religious fervor.

Ashish Kumar, district magistrate of Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, told local television reporters that the "incident took place when people were leaving the congregation due to excess stuffiness toward the end of the event."


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