Rev­el­ers killed in Malawi stam­pede

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — A crowd stam­peded at a sta­dium in Malawi’s cap­i­tal dur­ing in­de­pen­dence day cel­e­bra­tions Thurs­day, killing eight people and in­jur­ing more than 40 others, most of them chil­dren.

The stam­pede oc­curred about 10 a.m. as a gate was be­ing opened at Bingu Na­tional Sta­dium in Li­longwe ahead of a soc­cer match be­tween two lo­cal teams, me­dia out­lets re­ported.

The dead in­cluded chil­dren ages 5 and 12, re­ported The Daily Times, a news­pa­per in the south­ern African coun­try. It said the stam­pede hap­pened when po­lice used tear gas to dis­perse a crowd that was push­ing into the sta­dium dur­ing com­mem­o­ra­tions of the coun­try’s July 6, 1964, in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain.

Am­bu­lances, po­lice cars and other ve­hi­cles rushed the in­jured to a hos­pi­tal, where friends and fam­ily mem­bers gath­ered.

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