Revelers killed in Malawi stampede
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.