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102 pilgrims are killed in stampede at Indian festival

KOCHI, India

102 killed in stampede at Hindu festival

At least 102 people were killed and 44 others were injured when pilgrims returning from one of India's most popular Hindu festivals stampeded, police said. The stampede was set off Friday night when pilgrims in a jeep drove into a crowd of worshipers walking along a narrow forest path as they returned from offering prayers at the hilltop Sabarimala shrine in the state of Kerala in southern India, said local police official Sanjay Kumar. "We have recovered 102 bodies. The rescue work is almost over," he said today. The annual two-month festival attracts millions of worshipers to the remote temple to the Hindu deity Ayyappan.

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102 pilgrims are killed in stampede at Indian festival 01/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 10:40pm]
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