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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 juill. 12h13 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/7/2017, 12h00 until 8/7/2017, 11h59 (Africa/Blantyre). COUNTRY/REGION Malawi

Event

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.

Advice

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.