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Zimbabwe: Several injured in stampede at farewell ceremony for late president Mugabe03:18

Zimbabwe: Several injured in stampede at farewell ceremony for late president Mugabe

Zimbabwe, Harare
September 12, 2019 at 20:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several people were injured as a stampede broke out at Harare's Rufaro stadium on Thursday, where a public viewing of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's body was taking place.

Some were carried away by paramedics on stretchers while others were assisted on the pitch. Riot police rushed to the scene to help handling the crowd.

The stampede reportedly originated as hundreds of people left the stadium's terraces and rushed onto the pitch to have a closer view of Mugabe's body. Initially, just Mugabe's close family and government officials were allowed to enter the area.

Mugabe's body was flown back to Zimbabwe on Wednesday and it will lie at Rufaro's stadium for two days ahead of funeral.

It is not yet clear where the former leader will be buried, after his family rejected the government's proposal for the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Instead, Mugabe's close relatives announced he will be buried at his hometown in Kutama after a private ceremony.

Zimbabwe: Several injured in stampede at farewell ceremony for late president Mugabe03:18
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Several people were injured as a stampede broke out at Harare's Rufaro stadium on Thursday, where a public viewing of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's body was taking place.

Some were carried away by paramedics on stretchers while others were assisted on the pitch. Riot police rushed to the scene to help handling the crowd.

The stampede reportedly originated as hundreds of people left the stadium's terraces and rushed onto the pitch to have a closer view of Mugabe's body. Initially, just Mugabe's close family and government officials were allowed to enter the area.

Mugabe's body was flown back to Zimbabwe on Wednesday and it will lie at Rufaro's stadium for two days ahead of funeral.

It is not yet clear where the former leader will be buried, after his family rejected the government's proposal for the National Heroes Acre in Harare. Instead, Mugabe's close relatives announced he will be buried at his hometown in Kutama after a private ceremony.

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