45 dead in stampede while mourning late Tanzanian President

Residents watch the television announcement of the death of Tanzania's President John Magufuli, addressed by Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

At least 45 people died in a stampede that occurred at a stadium in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam during a mourning for late President John Magufuli, local media reported on Tuesday.

The stampede that took place on March 21 also injured 37 people after a huge number of mourners forced their way into the Uhuru Stadium to pay their last respects to Magufuli and view his body, Xinhua new agency quoted the Citizen newspaper as saying in a report.

These people were not criminals, they went to the stadium in order to express their love for their departed leader but because the number was huge, some became impatient and opted to use unofficial entry points and that was how the problem occurred, Lazaro Mambosasa, Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander, was quoted by the paper as saying.

All the 37 people who were injured in the stampede were recovering well, and they had been discharged from various hospitals, the paper said.

Magufuli, 61, died while in office from a heart condition on March 17 in Dar es Salaam.

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