(Xinhua) -- At least eight
people were killed on Monday while 28 others injured in
Lusaka, the Zambian capital, during a stampede to
collect food, the police said.
The victims were among about 35,000 who had rushed to
the Olympic Youth Development Center where a group
called Lesedi Seven had invited people for prayers as
well to receive food hampers.
Esther Katongo, the police spokesperson said the
incident happened in the early hours of Monday as the
crowd jostled to enter the premises.
Five people died on the spot while three died from
hospitals where they were rushed for medical attention,
Among the dead included six females, one adult male
and one male juvenile.
"We have since dispersed the gathering and an inquiry
into the matter has been instituted," she said in a
The group, which is under the Church of Christ, had
issued a statement last week that it would be donating
food parcels, which includes maize meal to 35,000 people
and that most of the recipients would be people with
special needs, unemployed as well as other members of
It had said it would employ about 1,000 people to
help with the distribution.