Police in Sierra Leone opened an investigation into a stampede at the countryâ€™s main stadium during the weekend inauguration of the new president in which one woman was killed and 90 were injured.
Sierra Leone Red Cross Society spokesman Abu-Bakr Tarawally on Monday updated the number of injured to 90 following Saturdayâ€™s crush at Freetownâ€™s main stadium.
We can confirm that 90 people were injured at the stadium stampede on inauguration day, some suffered, fractures, injuries with severe bleeding and suffocation
â€œWe can confirm that 90 people were injured at the stadium stampede on inauguration day, some suffered, fractures, injuries with severe bleeding and suffocation,â€ he said.
According to stadium management, over 50,000 people attended the inauguration, far exceeding the stadium capacity of 45,000.
â€œSome fainted and collapsed at pavilions while others jumped to the pitch and suffered fractures,â€
The deceased is a 50-year-old woman who travelled from Liberia to witness Julius Maada Bio being sworn in.
Bio took office in early April after a tumultuous election campaign, ending a decade-long rule by the All Peopleâ€™s Congress (APC).