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Tanzanian stampede leaves 20 children dead

A stampede at an overcrowded dance hall in Tanzania killed 20 children and left 50 others injured, lthe Associated Press reported.

At least 400 children were dancing to English and Kiswahili songs, for the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday, inside the hall in the town of Tabora when the stampede occured, regional police commander Daudi Siasa said.

The children became trapped inside the hall, who's capacity is only 200, due to the stampede.

President Jakaya Kikwete sent condolences the children's families. At least 16 victims have been identified and families began funeral arrangements Thursday.

Tanzanian police began questioning the managers of Bubble's Club discotheque on Thursday, according to a story by the AFP.

"A team has been formed to investigate the incident," Tabora regional commissioner Abeid Mwinyimusa told AFP.

Tabora regional commissioner Abeid Mwinyimusa said the stampede that took place between between 5.30 p.m. and 6.15 p.m. on Wednesday.

The cause of the stampede remained unclear, but state-run Daily News newspaper reported it might be due to a malfunctioning air conditioning system.

A government offical told AFP that the disco hall was small and crowded and it appears that is why the children died from the stampede and suffocation.