Malawi protests leave 18 dead: Official
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Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2011, 00:26
  
Blantyre: Eighteen people have died across Malawi after two days of violent protests that degenerated into looting and running battles with security forces, a health ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

"So far we have recorded 18 deaths, but we have yet to do post-mortems to determine cause of deaths," Henry Chimbali said.

"The bodies had fractured bones, deep cuts, broken ribs and lost a lot of blood."

Nine people died in the northern town of Mzuzu, six in the capital Lilongwe, two in the commercial hub of Blantyre, and one in the town of Karonga on the border with Tanzania, he said.

At least 22 others have been treated for injuries at various hospitals throughout the country, he added.

Rights activist Moses Mkandawire, who heads Church and Society, a charity run by the Presbyterian church, said earlier that seven people in Mzuzu had been shot dead by police during protests yesterday.

Police opened fire when looters descended on Chinese-owned shops and offices of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of President Bingu wa Mutharika, Mkandawire said.

The army deployed soldiers in Lilongwe and Blantyre today to quell the protests, which accused Mutharika of mismanaging the economy and trampling on democratic freedoms.

PTI


First Published: Friday, July 22, 2011, 00:26


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