Kenya: Stampede kills 4, injures dozens before public holiday celebrations

Four people were killed and many others were injured in a stampede on Friday during National Heroes’ Day celebrations on Mashujaa Day in the western Kenyan city of Kericho, police said.

The incident occurred at around 03:00 local time when a woman selling tea outside the Kericho Green Stadium accidentally spilled some on a fire, causing a stampede as a large crowd waited to enter the stadium for the festivities scheduled for the morning.

The injured were rushed to Kericho County Referral Hospital, where four people died, police said in a statement, adding that all were women whose identities have yet to be determined.

Mashujaa Day is a national holiday in Kenya observed on Oct. 20 to honor all those who contributed to Kenya’s independence struggle.

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