On Sunday, fourteen people were killed and ten injured during a stampede at a mosque in China’s Ningxia region. Four were hospitalized and in critical condition.
“The stampede occurred around 1:00 pm on Sunday while traditional food was being handed out to people attending an event to commemorate a late religious leader, Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government,” said the report. “An investigation was under way into the cause of the stampede at the mosque in Xiji town, some 320 kilometres (200 miles) northwest of Xian.”
This area is home to the Muslim Hui minority. There has not been any unrest between them and the Han majority in the region since a Muslim rebellion in the 19th century. However, on January 2, the Muslims fought against police after the officials tore down a mosque. The police claim the mosque was illegal. Fifty people were injured, and more than 100 were arrested during the fight.
Ningxia has a winemaking industry, and the French company LVHM, owner of luxury Dom Perignon champagne, is interested in expanding their business to the region.