6 Jan 2014

Fatal stampede in Chinese mosque

8:02 pm on 6 January 2014

Fourteen people are reported to have been killed and 10 injured in a stampede at a mosque in northwest China.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the stampede in Xiji town, 60km west of Guyuan city, about 1pm on Sunday (local time).

Traditional food was being handed out at an event to commemorate a religious leader, Xinhua news agency said.

Pictures of the scene after the stampede showed clothes and shoes scattered on the ground. There also appeared to be a collapsed section of scaffolding, the BBC reports.

Four of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

The Hui ethnic group - who mostly inhabit the region - are one of a number of Muslim minority groups in China.