Parents and relatives of people gather at the Donka
hospital to visit the injured and identify the dead after
the stampede. REUTERS/Saliou Samb
At least 34 people, including several children, were
killed in a stampede at a beachside rap concert celebrating the
end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital Conakry, medical sources
Hundreds of people gathered at the Donka hospital in
predominantly Muslim Guinea's capital to visit the injured
and identify the dead.
A Reuters reporter saw the bodies of three children among the
dead, while witnesses put the number at around 10.
"There are currently 34 bodies in the morgue. The list of
injured keeps growing," a medical source told Reuters,
requesting anonymity. "The oldest among them can't be more
than 20. There are young girls among them," he said.
The presidency declared a week of mourning. The head of a
government agency for entertainment was removed from his post
following the incident overnight, the presidency added.
Witnesses said the event was attended by up to 10,000 people,
mostly children and young people, who came to see popular
local rap groups 'Banlieuzart' and 'Instinct Killers'.
Adama Bah, a promoter who attended the event in the Ratoma
neighbourhood, said it was overcrowded and that he saw only
about a dozen police officers on the site.
"When I saw that crowd, with all the people jostling, some
children choking, I understood that there would be a tragedy
and I told the organisers, who weren't listening to me," said
The event's promoter Abdoulaye Mbaye did not respond to
several attempts to contact him by telephone.
A senior police source said that Mbaye was called into the
station on Wednesday alongside two other people involved in
In January, six youths were killed on another beach in
Conakry when a bridge collapsed during New Year's
celebrations. Conakry's beaches are small compared to other
regional capitals like Dakar and Freetown and entrances and
exits are often narrow.
The stampede came at a time when health workers are stretched
by an outbreak of Ebola. The deadly tropical virus was first
detected in the poor, mineral-rich West African country in
February and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone,
killing more than 670 people, according to the World Health