World News

Nine people killed after New Year stampede at Ugandan shopping mall

Nine people are killed after stampede at Ugandan shopping mall as revellers rang in the New Year

  • The shopping mall crush happened last night in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala 
  • At least nine people were killed in the stampede outside Freedom City Mall 
  • Police said that a ‘stampede ensued, resulting in instant death of five people’ 

At least nine people died in a shopping mall crush in Uganda’s capital on Sunday as revellers rang in the New Year, police have said.

After fireworks outside the Freedom City Mall in Kampala, ‘a stampede ensued, resulting in the instant deaths of five people and injuries to several others,’ Ugandan police said. 

‘Emergency responders arrived on the scene and transported the injured individuals to the hospital, where nine were confirmed dead.’

In a tweet, Uganda Police Force said: ‘The Katwe Territorial Police are investigating an incident of rash and neglect that occurred at a New Year’s Eve event at the Freedom City Mall Namasuba and resulted in the deaths of nine people, including several juveniles.

After fireworks outside the Freedom City Mall in Kampala, ‘a stampede ensued, resulting in the instant deaths of five people and injuries to several others,’ Ugandan police said (Stock image)

‘It is alleged that the incident occurred at midnight when the event’s MC encouraged attendees to go outside and watch the fireworks display. 

‘After the display ended, a stampede ensued, resulting in the instant deaths of five people and injuries to several others.  

Police said the bodies of the deceased have been transferred to City Mortuary Mulago and that more information will be provided once it becomes available.

The stampede happened outside Freedom City Mall in Kampala as people celebrated the New Year (Pictured are the NYE fireworks at Miracle Center Cathedral in Kampala’

Source: Read Full Article