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Probe ordered after India festival stampede kills 18

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India on Tuesday launched an inquiry into a stampede which killed 18 women and children when a makeshift bridge collapsed at a Hindu festival, as devotees returned to pray at the scene of the tragedy. 

Indian Hindu devotees cross a bamboo bridge as they gather to pay homage to the setting sun during the Chhat Puja festival on the banks of the Ganges River in Patna. At least 18 women and children were killed and more than a dozen people seriously hurt in a stampede after the bridge collapsed.

The incident in the eastern city of Patna, near the holy Ganges river, occurred late Monday as tens of thousands of worshippers rushed to offer prayers to the setting sun as part of the Hindu ritual of Chhath.

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