Algeria probes deadly stampede ahead of rap concert


Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the cause of a stampede ahead of a rapper’s concert at an Algiers sports stadium that left five youths dead, including a 13-year-old.

The prosecutor’s office in Sidi M’Hamed said in a statement that an inquiry to determine the circumstances of the drama the night before was being opened.

Report says that a stampede erupted at the entrance to the stadium that killed five people aged 13 to 22. The concert by Algerian rapper Soolking had not yet started.

A civil defense spokesman, Khaled Benkhelfallah said  86 others were rescued.

He said he knew nothing of the circumstances that led to the stampede.