Eight dead and 28 injured in stampede for free church food in Zambia
March 6, 2017 13:33 GMT
At least eight people have died and 28 others have been wounded in a stampede at an event where free food was distributed by a church group in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, according to local police.
The victims were among 35,000 people who had congregated at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka on 5 March to attend a prayer event. Event organiser Lesedi Seven, which is part of the US based faith organisation Church of Christ, was due to start giving free food.
Police spokesperson, Esther Mwaata Katongo, was quoted by online publication Mwebantu as saying that among the dead were six females, one male adult and one male juvenile.
Five people died on the spot while the others succumbed to wounds as they were being driven to the hospital, police said.