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Eight killed in stampede at Bingu National Stadium

Eight killed in stampede at Bingu National Stadium

Eight people have died and dozens were injured in a stampede ahead of a football match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers in Malawi.

The stampede occurred as thousands of people rushed to enter stadium to watch the friendly game between top sides Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers to mark the 53rd anniversary of Malawi’s independence from British colonial rule.

Due to the events at Lilongwe’s Bingu national stadium, president Peter Mutharika did not attend as planned, however, the game was played in a packed stadium.

There were a three-hour delay in opening the gates, which made the people try to force their way in, prompting the police to fire tear gas.

Inspector General of Police Lexan Kachama said that the number of casualties could rise. The casualties included seven children, according to the police.

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