Nine people have lost their lives in Ghana’s second city, Kumasi, following a stampede at a so called eid party, to mark the end of Ramadan, a local official has said.
“We so far have nine people who are dead, six females and three males,” said Nurudeen Hamidan, the head of the Asokore Mampong municipal assembly, in the city of Kumasi.
There was no immediate comment from the police in the city, which is 255 kilometres (160 miles) northwest of the capital, Accra.
There were also some injured among the crowd who have been taken to a nearby hospital and one person is in a critical condition, Joy FM reports.
Conflicting reports are all that are available concerning the events that led up to the stampede at the eid party on Wednesday.
One eyewitness is quoted as saying that a power cut caused panic and the crush occurred as people rushed to leave the venue. Another however said that the lights went out at the end of the party but people were unable to get out because the doors to the community centre were locked.
Reports from the AFP news agency have the head of a Kumasi local government assembly, Nurudeen Hamidan, stating that the police are now trying to work out what happened.
BBC also reports that Ghana correspondent Thomas Naadi says that the chief imam in the area, Shiekh Abdul Moman, expressed concern that Muslims had not heeded calls to show restraint during the festivities.
It is really sad news considering the Ghanaian Muslims had celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, to mark the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.
This particular party was organised on Wednesday as the climax to the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of a month of fasting and prayer. Local member of parliament Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka said carnivals were often held to celebrate the occasion but in the past have been marked by clashes between youths