68 killed in India temple stampede

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August 3, 2008 16:06

At least 68 people, including 30 children, were killed Sunday when pilgrims stampeded at a mountaintop Hindu temple in northern India, police said. The devotees were attending a nine-day religious festival at the Naina Devi Temple in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh state, said Bilaspur deputy police chief C.P. Verma. "As per our information 30 children and 38 women have been killed," he said, adding that more than 40 others were injured. Police used a cable car to ferry down the dead and wounded, and helicopters were flown in to help with rescue efforts at the remote temple in the foothills of the Himalayas. Police said that during the crush a railing on the path leading up the mountain collapsed, sending dozens of people plummeting down.


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