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At least nine killed in New Year stampede in Uganda

Fireworks light up the sky as people react while they celebrate after counting down to the new year at a church in Kampala, Uganda, on Jan 1, 2023.
(BADRU KATUMBA / AFP)

KAMPALA – At least nine people were killed and several others injured in a New Year stampede in Uganda's capital, Kampala, police said on Sunday.

According to police, the incident involved several juveniles who were attending a music show. "It is alleged that the incident occurred at midnight when the event's Master of Ceremonies encouraged attendees to go outside and watch the fireworks display," police said.

"After the display ended, a stampede ensued, resulting in the instant deaths of five people and injuries to several others," police said, adding that four others were confirmed dead after the injured were rushed to hospital.

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"Emergency responders arrived on the scene and transported the injured individuals to the hospital," police said, adding that more information would be availed in the course of the day.