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11 die in Zimbabwe stampede

Eleven people have died in a stampede during a religious service held at a sports stadium in Zimbabwe.

Four people died at the stadium and seven more at the hospital, according to police commander Shadreck Mubaiwa.

Those killed were attending a church service for a popular Pentecostal pastor, Walter Magaya.

The cause of the stampede, which occurred in the early hours of this morning, was not immediately known.

A pregnant woman and three children were among the dead, Mr Magaya told the state-run newspaper The Herald.

Thousands of people were expected to have attended the service at the stadium in Kwekwe, a city in central Zimbabwe.

The televangelist's religious services, known as the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, draw huge crowds on tours across the southern African nation.


From Belfast Telegraph