STAMPEDE KILLS EIGHT PEOPLE AT MALAWI NATIONAL STADIUM

Thousands queued to get into the stadium, even after the earlier stampede

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Eight people – including seven children – have died in a stampede ahead of a football match in Malawi, police say.

Dozens more were injured in the crush at Lilongwe’s Bingu national stadium.

The stampede happened as thousands of people rushed for seats ahead of a friendly between top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.

Despite the deaths, the match did go ahead in a packed stadium, although President Peter Mutharika did not attend as planned.

He offered his condolences and said the government would do all it could to assist the families of the bereaved.

He said he was shocked to learn of the tragedy.

 

 

 

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