World Eleven women killed in visa stampede

12:41  21 october  2020
12:41  21 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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A stampede happened as thousands of people gathered near the Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad city in hopes of securing a visa . At least 15 were killed and more than a dozen Eleven of the 15 victims were women , according to local authorities, and several senior citizens were injured in the chaos.

KABUL/JALALABAD: At least 15 people, including 11 women , were killed in a stampede near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad The incident occurred in an open ground where thousands of Afghans had gathered on Tuesday to secure visas from the Pakistan consulate in eastern Afghanistan.

At least 11 women have been killed and many more injured in a stampede in Afghanistan, officials have said.

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: Thousands had gathered to apply for visas © Reuters Thousands had gathered to apply for visas

A provincial spokesman said the stampede took place after "thousands of people" gathered to apply for a visa to Pakistan.

The crowd had been redirected to a sports stadium instead of the usual visa centre in the city of Jalalabad.

Visa applications to Pakistan have just resumed after a seven-month pause due to the pandemic.

"The visa applicants jostled to secure their token from the consulate officials," an official in Jalalabad said, according to Reuters.

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"The crowd got out of control, leading to a stampede."

In the conservative Muslim society of Afghanistan, it is common that women and men queue separately.

It is thought a number of other women and elderly people have also been injured.

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Expecting a large number of applicants after the long pause of the visa service, the Pakistani consulate in the eastern province of of Nangarhar, directed the crowd to a nearby football stadium.

"Unfortunately this morning tens of thousands of people had come to the football stadium which led to the tragic incident," the provincial governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP news agency.

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