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Nigerian Stampede at Election Rally Kills 11, Police Say

A stampede at an election rally by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in the southern city of Port Harcourt killed 11 people and injured 46, the police said.

A rush at one of the exits at the Port Harcourt stadium as people were leaving the rally yesterday caused the deaths and injuries, Rita Inoma-Abbey, police spokeswoman in the southern oil hub, said today by phone from the city. Police Commissioner Suleiman Abba said earlier that four people died.

The police “ordered an inquiry into the incident,” Inoma-Abbey said.

Jonathan, who succeeded former President Umaru Yar’Adua on his death last year, is the candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the presidential vote scheduled to take place on April 9. His main challengers include former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and Nuhu Ribadu, an ex-chief of the West African nation’s anti-corruption agency.

The winner of the vote will take charge of the affairs of Africa’s most populous country and top oil producer for the next four years.

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