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1 killed and 2 injured as crowds crushed at Asake concert in London

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Police said Saturday that a woman died and two others were in a critical condition after a crowd crowd at a concert last week in London.

London’s Metropolitan Police said the woman, Rebecca Icomelo, 33, a Londoner, died in hospital on Saturday after sustaining serious injuries in the crash. statment. Police said two other women, aged 21 and 23, were in critical condition.

The party took place on Thursday night at the O2 Academy Brixton, also known as Brixton Academy, a popular concert venue in London where Nigerian Afrobeats singer Asake was performing. Police said “a large number of people were trying to force their way in” to the scene He said. Videos showed a crowd pouring into a narrow entrance as people screamed and onlookers recorded the scene.

First responders performed CPR and first aid. Police said they responded shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday to reports of the stampede. Police said eight people were taken to hospital with what appeared to be injuries from the crash.

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Police said an autopsy is scheduled for Icomelo on Sunday. An “urgent investigation” into the crash is under way, Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove said in a statement, noting, “This remains a fast-moving and evolving picture, and we are working to determine the events leading up to the crash.”

Police have appealed to the estimated 4,000 people at the event to provide photos and videos that may help piece together the circumstances leading up to the crash. the Place For the sold out concert can accommodate approximately 5,000 people maximum.

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In a statement released by the Metropolitan Police, Icomelo’s family said the 33-year-old was a nursing graduate and “a wonderful mother of two who loved working with the children. She was highly respected in the family for her care, kindness and love.”

said singer Asake in a statment He posted on social media that he had spoken with Icomelo’s family and was “devastated by the news” of her death.

“I am overwhelmed with grief and could not have imagined anything like this could happen,” he said, adding that he and his team are “awaiting a full debriefing” of the scene and the police “to determine what exactly led to all this commotion.”

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan He said He was “sad that this could happen to Londoners in our city” and urged people with information about the situation to contact the police. “I will not rest until we have the answers their loved ones need and deserve,” he wrote on Twitter.

The deadly event in London follows the killing of 11 people from a large crowd at an October concert in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the same night. Crush the crowd in Seoul It left 158 ​​dead. earlier that month, Crush in Indonesian football field Killed at least 130 people.

Washington Post investigations into the stampede Itaewon district in Seoul And in Kanguruhan Stadium in Malang, Indonesia, Serious lapses by officials found in each tragedy — slow police response and lack of crowd control in Seoul, volleys of tear gas and blocked exits in Malang — that contributed to the high death toll.

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