At least nine killed in horror New Years Day shopping centre stampede

At least nine people have died after a terrifying stampede at a shopping centre in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

In what should have been a magical evening at the Freedom City Mall, huge crowds gathered in an attempt to honour the turning of the New Year.

The public eagerly waited for the clock to strike midnight. But the celebrations quickly resulted in tragedy. As the fireworks went off, chaos ensued.

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Ugandan police 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.

"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 confirmed that the victim's bodies were rushed to the city mortuary. They will reveal further information when it becomes available.

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