100 killed in Indian pilgrimage stampede

January 15, 2011 12:00 am

, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Jan 15 – More than 100 Hindu devotees were killed in a stampede among thousands of pilgrims returning from a religious festival in the Indian state of Kerala, a senior official told AFP on Saturday.

"A total of 102 people have died," Kerala Home Secretary Jaya Kumar said.

The tragedy unfolded Friday evening in a remote, mountainous area of southern Kerala as pilgrims made their way home from an annual ceremony at the hill shrine of Sabarimala that draws three to four million people each year.


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