Thirty six people have been killed in a stampede at a religious ceremony, Mali’s minister of interior security said.
Sadio Gassame said the stampede occurred at Bamako’s Modibo Keita Stadium during an event marking the Muslim holy period of Maouloud.
The accident took place at the end of the ceremony as people were trying to leave and the crowd surged against a metal barrier.
Worried families gathered outside the capital’s Gabriel Toure Hospital, waiting for news as doctors were preparing to post a list of the dead.
Sidiki Coulibaly was visibly shaken as he waited for news.
He said: “I’ve already had it confirmed that my aunt died.
“We are now trying to find out what happened to her daughter. She’s just 10 years old. They go to this event together every year.”
At the site where people had been crushed, security personnel were collecting piles of shoes to put into a waiting van.
A young girl sat on a bucket at the edge of the scene, crying. She had lost both parents and did not know her way home.