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24 Dead in Bangladesh Charity Handout Stampede: Police

24 people were killed on Friday in a stampede during a handout of free clothes in the northern Bangladeshi city of Mymensingh, police said.

“We have so far recovered 24 bodies. Most of the dead are poor and emaciated women and two children,” Mymensingh police chief Moinul Haque told AFP, putting the number of injured at more than 50.

Many of the victims were ferried by cycle rickshaws to a nearby hospital with television footage showing relatives rushing through the entrance and corridors, cradling the lifeless bodies of their loved ones in their arms.