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Four Teenagers Die In Stampede For A1
18 March 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Four teenage girls have died in a stampede to see A1 in Jakarta, Indonesia. About 1,500 fans turned up to see the band in the Taman Anggrek shopping centre.

According to BBC News fans tried to escape the crush by rushing to the mall's exits - the four girls had died during the stampede and two others are in a critical condition in hospital.

A1 have cancelled their tour of the Far East after learning of the accident. Later the band went ahead with a live appearance on a local TV station.

Four Teenagers Die In Stampede For A1

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