Riots continue in Malawi as protesters loot more shops

11:08, July 22, 2011      

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More riots continued Thursday in Lilongwe, Malawi where more shops were looted in Lilongwe old town and in most locations in the outskirts of the capital.

Reports from local media said there were fresh clashes in the capital where more protesters thronged to the streets and broke into more shops belonging to ruling party officials.

There were reports that in some locations the Malawi Defense Force clashed with the Malawi Police where the former accused the latter of "shooting innocent people."

At least seven people were reported dead in Wednesday's riots. Among them were two police officers who were killed in Mzuzu city by angry protesters.

Meanwhile, media on Thursday quoted the country's health ministry official as saying that at least nine people had been killed in the riots in a northern city in Malawi.

A dozen journalists were severely beaten Wednesday with three of them seriously injured and admitted to hospitals.

Malawi President Bingu Mutharika is to address the nation in a State of Nation Address on Thursday.

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