Uganda rang in the New Year with a tragedy after a stampede broke out in the national capital, Kampala, where at least nine people were killed and several others were injured, police said on Sunday.
The stampede happened at the Freedom City Mall in the Namasuba suburb as revelers rushed to watch fireworks. The Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said the incident appeared to have occurred at midnight 'when an event emcee encouraged attendees to go outside and watch a fireworks display'.
"After the display ended, a stampede ensued, resulting in the instant deaths of five people and injuries to several others," the police said, adding that four others were confirmed dead after the injured were rushed to hospital.
"Emergency responders arrived on the scene and transported the injured individuals to the hospital," the police said, adding that more information would be availed in the course of the day.
No arrests have been made so far. The police said the bodies had been taken to the city mortuary in Mulago.
(With inputs from agencies)
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