Concert stampede kills 23 in southwest Congo

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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A government spokesman says 23 people have been killed during a stampede at a festival in southwest Congo honoring a popular singer who died in February.

Lambert Mende said the stampede early Friday morning was caused when two generators failed, plunging the stadium in the town of Kikwit into darkness. He said the death toll was still provisional and that injuries were also reported.

Witness Papa Mukalay said the power outage occurred at around 2 a.m. Friday and caused "total confusion."

Kikwit is the hometown of Jean Baptiste Emeneya, best known as King Kester, a singer who died in Paris in February at 57 years old. The festival was scheduled to last through Sunday, but the Bandundu provincial government said Friday the rest of the program would be cancelled.

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