Concert stampede kills four in Gambia -police

1/01/2009 - 22:36

BANJUL (Reuters) - Four people were killed in a stampede at an open-air New Year concert in Gambia's capital Banjul Thursday, police in the tiny West African country said.

Thousands of people had gathered for the free entertainment, sponsored by a mobile phone company, when there was a "big stampede," police spokesman Assistant Superintendant Sulayman Secka said on state television late Thursday.

One man and three women, including one from Sierra Leone were killed, he said.

"For the time being we are investigating ... the cause of the stampede," Secka said.

Gambia, which juts into Senegal from the Atlantic seaboard along the Gambia River, is mainland Africa's smallest country.

(Reporting by Pap Saine; writing by Alistair Thomson; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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