At least one person was killed and more than 100 others injured in Uganda when a crowd rushed to glimpse the Bugandan king as he visited royal tombs destroyed in a fire, police and witnesses said on Friday.
The king, Ronald Mutembi, was attending a ceremony to lament the destruction last week of a historic royal mausoleum in the capital. The blaze, whose cause is unknown, was followed by violence, heightening tension between the government and the powerful Bugandan kingdom.
A police source told Reuters that one person was killed in the crush while 140 were injured, 16 of them seriously.
A local news cameraman at the scene said two people were killed and the injured were taken to hospital. Uganda has four traditional kingdoms with clearly defined boundaries and leaders who are revered by their subjects. The Buganda kingdom covers 9,000 square miles (23,300 sq km) of central Uganda.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 27 Mart 2010, 10:02