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A police spokesman said the stampede occurred when hundreds of people gathered at a church in Rivers to forage for food.

At least 31 people were killed and seven others injured in a stampede at a church event in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, according to police.

River State Police spokeswoman Grace Iringe-Koko said the stampede occurred early Saturday when hundreds burst through the doors of the church while collecting food.

“People arrived early, some got impatient and started rushing, leading to a stampede. Police are monitoring the situation on the ground while the investigation is ongoing,” Iringe-Koko told Reuters.

Local media Punch earlier reported that dozens of people had gathered at the King’s Assembly “Free Shopping” charity event at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, with many lining up to get in from Friday.

The dead and wounded were reportedly taken to the nearby Port Harcourt Military Hospital.

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