Women among 15 Afghans die in stampede near Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad

By: News Desk      Published: 10:53 AM, 21 Oct, 2020
Women among 15 Afghans die in stampede near Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad
File photo of Pakistan Consulate in Jalalabad.

At least 15 Afghans including 11 women were killed Wednesday in a stampede at a stadium in an eastern province where thousands had gathered to apply for visas at a nearby Pakistan consulate, officials said.

Many people were trampled when they tried to exit the stadium in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, leaving 14 others injured including eight women, provincial hospital spokesman Zaher Adel said.

Sohrab Qaderi, a provincial council member in eastern Jalalabad city, where the incident occurred said of the 15 people dead, 11 were women and several senior citizens were wounded.

Two other provincial officials said over 3,000 Afghans had congregated to collect tokens needed to apply for a visa to travel to Pakistan.

Officials in the Pakistan embassy were not immediately available for comment.