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Road accident has claimed lives of at least eighteen Malawi Defence Force(MDF) soldiers at Mapanjira in Mzimba. All the 18 that have died were MDF recruits and were coming from the conclusion of their military training.

Reports say the TATA that the soldiers were travelling in overturned several times after the driver failed to negotiate a corner due to overspeeding.

The bodies of the deceased soldiers have been taken to Mzimba Hospital.

Mzimba District Health Office spokesperson Ellings Nyirenda told the press that there are fears that the death toll could rise.

He said several other soldiers are in critical condition and all of the hospital’s emergency units have been overwhelmed.

“We have closed all the emergency units to attend to this emergency” he said.

MDF spokesperson Major Paul Chiphwanya has confirmed saying his office is trying to get more details to alert relations of the recruits.

Meanwhile, 15 other casualties have been referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital.

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