Four officials suspended for deadly stampede at China mosque

Last Updated: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 14:51

Beijing: Four Chinese officials were today dismissed and another detained for their roles in a stampede at a mosque in the country`s northwest that killed 14 people and injured 10 others.

The deadly stampede took place on Sunday?at Beida mosque in Xiji County in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region when food was being distributed to believers who had gathered to commemorate a late religious figure.

Fourteen people, including six children, were trampled to death while 10 others were injured in the stampede.

Ren Lixin, head of the Xiji County government, has been suspended from his post pending further investigation, the regional committee of the Communist Party of China said.
Three others officials, including director of the county`s bureau of religious affairs, a deputy director of its public security bureau, head of Jiqiang township, have been removed from their posts, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Ma Weishan, director of the administration committee of Beida mosque which sponsored the event, has been detained, the report said.
The committee said the stampede was caused by poor organisation and management.

China has over 21 million Muslims of which Hui Muslims, mostly from the majority ethnic Han community, account for about 1.6 million. The rest include Uygur ethnic Muslim community of Turkik origin in Xinjiang and other sects.


First Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 14:51

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