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18 die in stampede at funeral for religious leader in India

By Pierre Meilhan and Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 10:17 PM EST, Sat January 18, 2014
A large crowd joins a funeral procession for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, January 18. Police say a predawn stampede killed more than a dozen people as tens of thousands gathered to mourn the death of the Muslim spiritual leader in India's financial capital. Burhanuddin died Friday at the age of 102. A large crowd joins a funeral procession for Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, January 18. Police say a predawn stampede killed more than a dozen people as tens of thousands gathered to mourn the death of the Muslim spiritual leader in India's financial capital. Burhanuddin died Friday at the age of 102.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The pandemonium injured at least 60 more people, CNN-IBN reported
  • The religious leader, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, died at age 102
  • The stampede started when the gates to his residence was closed, CNN-IBN reported
  • A stampede at a religious event killed at least 115 in October

(CNN) -- A stampede killed at least 18 people in a large crowd gathered to pay last respects to a religious leader on Saturday in India, official news agency Press Trust of India reported.

The pandemonium, which injured 60 more people, started after the gates were closed to the residence of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who had died the day before at age 102, CNN sister network CNN-IBN reported.

Burhanuddin was the head of a denomination of Islam known as Dawoodi Bohra.

His funeral will continue as scheduled, CNN-IBN reported.

India has seen deadly stampedes at religious events before.

In October at least 115 died, when Hindu pilgrims crossing a bridge to a temple broke into a panic, as a rumor spread that the bridge was about to give way.

About 25,000 people were on the bridge at the time, and many jumped off it into the Sindh River.

In February, at least 36 died at a stampede at a train station, as millions of people clamored to get to the Ganges River for a Hindu religious festival.

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