New year stampede in Uganda, kampla

nine people  died in a stampede during New Year festivities in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

A number of children died in the incident, which unfolded at a shopping centre that hosted a fireworks display.

Kampala police said people had attended a concert at Freedom City Mall in large numbers.

A crowd surge was said to occur when people tried to head back inside having gone outdoors to see the midnight fireworks.

Five people were said to have been killed after being stepped on.

The death toll was later put at nine after a number of people were taken to hospital.

One eyewitness explained that people – including his friend – suffocated after getting caught between crowds that were moving in opposing directions.

Big gatherings for New Year’s Eve were allowed for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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