Eight killed in stampede at football match in Senegal


At least eight people were killed in a stampede in a football stadium in the Senegalese capital of Dakar during a match between two local teams, the sports minister said.

A fight broke out between fans of rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and police fired tear gas to break it up. The resulting confusion triggered the stampede, Sports Minister Matar Ba told Reuters by telephone.

With the game tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, Mbour scored in the first half of extra time to claim a 2-1 victory, and violence broke out at the final whistle.

Fans climbed over a wall and ran onto the field after panic broke out in the stands.
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Fans climbed over a wall and ran onto the field after panic broke out in the stands.

Some fans could be seen throwing stones and other projectiles at others.

Fans said one of the stadium walls collapsing on top of people as others scrambled for safety.

"All of a sudden when the wall fell... we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly on to people," Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend died in the stampede, told AFP news agency.

Opposing fans clashed in the stands as rocks and other projectiles were thrown.
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Opposing fans clashed in the stands as rocks and other projectiles were thrown.

Deadly stampedes at football matches have been common in Africa, where safety standards are low.

At least 17 people died and scores were injured in a stampede in a match in Angola in February, when hundreds of supporters stormed the stadium.

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 - Reuters

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