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Malawi: Deadly stampede at Independence Day celebration in Lilongwe July 6

Eight people killed and some 60 others injured in a stampede during Independence Day celebration at the Bingu national stadium in Lilongwe

06 Jul 12:13 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/6/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/8/2017, 11:59 PM (Africa/Blantyre). COUNTRY/REGION Malawi


On Thursday, July 6, at least eight people - including seven children - were killed and some 60 others injured in a stampede that occurred during Independence Day celebrations being held at the Bingu National Stadium in the capital Lilongwe. According to a local journalist, the stampede took place as people tried to enter the Bingu stadium, which was scheduled to hold a free soccer game as part of Independence Day celebrations. The stadium, which has a 45,000 seat capacity, was reportedly full and people refused to turn away when asked to do so. This prompted police to fire tear gas into the crowd, which created a panic.


Individuals present in Malawi are advised to exercise caution and to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. People present in Lilongwe are advised to avoid the area of the stampede.