177 Killed in India Temple Stampede

Cause of crush still unknown, police blame slippery slope
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2008 5:17 AM CDT
A police officer carries a stampede victim at the Chamunda Devi temple inside the massive 15th century Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, India, today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A stampede killed at least 177 worshipers at a Hindu temple in western India today, the Times of London reports. Early theories for the crush included a bomb scare and a broken barricade, but police are blaming the steep, slippery path that leads to the temple. Similar stampedes have killed more than 400 people in India during the last 4 years.