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At least eight killed, 28 injured in Lusaka stampede

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At least eight people have been killed and 28 others injured in a stampede as thousands of desperate Zambians scrambled for food handouts.

The incident occurred in the capital, Lusaka at a Public Sports Centre where a church was handing out food to about 35,000 people, mostly from the city’s slums.

Police ordered the church to halt the handouts but hundreds of people stayed hoping the organisers would resume distribution.

Southern Africa has been hit by a severe drought since 2015, and food prices in Zambia have risen.

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