9 killed in stampede during New Year celebrations in Uganda, heavy firing in Pakistan
Uganda police said, “It is alleged that the incident took place at midnight when the master of ceremonies of the event encouraged the attendees to go outside to watch the fireworks.” A stampede broke out after the demonstration ended, killing five people instantly and injuring several others, police said. Four other people were confirmed dead after the injured were taken to hospital. “Emergency service personnel rushed to the spot and took the injured to the hospital,” police said.
firing in new year celebration in pakistan
In Pakistan, the New Year was greeted with shots fired in the air in several major cities, including Karachi, injuring at least 22 people. The injured also include children and women. As soon as 12 o’clock on Saturday night, the sound of gunfire echoed in Karachi to welcome the new year. According to Pakistani television network Geo TV, several people, including children and women, were injured in the aerial firing in different parts of Karachi. However, the display of weapons is prohibited in the city. Hospital sources said eight injured people were admitted to Civil Hospital, while four injured were taken to Jinnah Hospital and 10 people, including women and children, to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Thirteen people have been arrested so far in connection with the firing in Korangi, of whom three have been charged with attempt to murder. According to news channel reports, people of Karachi thronged the streets to celebrate the new year. Sindh Governor Kamran Tesori also reached the Numaish Chowringhee area along with the people to watch the fireworks. Similar celebrations were also reported from Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Injured people have also been reported from Lahore. New Year celebrations in Pakistan have been controversial. Religious leaders say that celebrating the new year and imitating western culture is a ‘sin’.
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