11 die in crush at political rally

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A stampede at a political rally killed 11 people as Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan spoke, highlighting the insecurity in the country as it prepares for elections in April.

As Jonathan began his speech at the soccer stadium in Port Harcourt, some people tried to leave to avoid the traffic out of the stadium, while others pushed inside. As well as the 11 who died, at least 46 others needed hospital treatment. "I am sad and heavily weighed down by this incident," said Jonathan, who cancelled his campaign events scheduled for Monday.

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