Thirty-seven young individuals lost their lives in an overnight stampede during an army recruitment event at Brazzaville’s stadium in the Republic of Congo, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
Last week, the country’s military, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, announced plans to enlist 1,500 individuals aged 18 to 25.
Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso described the incident as a “tragedy,” stating that 37 people died, while the number of injured remains unspecified. A crisis unit has been established under the prime minister’s authority, according to an official statement.
The Michel d’Ornano stadium in Brazzaville was the designated location for aspiring recruits.
Witnesses reported that many individuals were still present in the stadium on Monday night when the stampede erupted. Attempts to forcefully enter gates resulted in a chaotic rush, leading to multiple individuals being trampled, according to residents.
The specifics of the event are unclear, and AFP couldn’t independently verify the details.
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