Mauritania: Eight People Killed in Alms Distribution Event
“At least eight people were killed, all elderly women, and two dozen others were injured,” a medical source said.
The dreadful incident reportedly occurred in the compound of a rich Muslim man where people were invited to receive alms or “zakat,” a religious act of giving to needy people.
Reports say a sea of people made of elderly men and women inundated the compound – overwhelming private security provided for the occasion.
Dozens of people were reported injured in the stampede and were sent to the central hospital of the Mauritanian capital.