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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dozen killed in stampede at Mozambique election rally

In Mozambique, a stampede at an election rally for President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday has left at least 10 people dead, AFP reports quoting a statement from the governing Frelimo party.

Eighty-five people were injured, the statement added.

The Portuguese news agency, Lusa, said it had received reports from the local hospital that 16 people had died.

The crush at a stadium in the northern city of Nampula happened as people were trying to leave the venue once the president had departed, AFP says – quoting an eyewitness.

“What happened is that the gates were closed and they were only opened after the departure of Frelimo candidate, President Nyusi,” Benjamin Nhumaio said.

“Hence everyone inside the 25 de Junho Stadium wanted to leave at the same time and there were people who were pushed and they fell and were trampled.”

Mr Nyusi is running for a second term in office in general elections scheduled for 15 October.

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