A stampede at a beachside concert celebrating the end of Ramadan killed at least 24 people in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, on Tuesday.
The incident occurred at a beach in the Ratoma neighborhood of Conakry, a statement from the president's office reportedly said. While the statement did not provide an exact death toll figure, it reportedly said that some people had died and several were injured. Guinean hospital officials estimated the number of dead to be 24, according to reports.
The president's office also called the incident a “tragic drama” and announced a week of mourning, a Reuters report said, citing Agence France-Presse.
"While waiting for the results of an investigation, information from health and security authorities indicate deaths and several injuries," the Presidency reportedly said on Tuesday.
The incident reportedly took place during Eid celebrations, a Muslim festival celebrating the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, and comes at a time when Guinean health workers are already stretched by a sudden outbreak of Ebola in the country.
Ebola, a deadly tropical virus, which is contracted through consumption of infected bush meat, was first detected in the impoverished, mineral-rich West African country in February, and has since infected people in neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, and has already claimed more than 670 lives, a World Health Organization report said.