8 KIILED WERE KILLED DURING A STAMPEDE AT A SOCCER STADIUM AT SENEGAL

Jul 17, 2017

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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. The stampede happened last Saturday July 16, 2017. A fight broke out between fans of rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and police fired tear gas to break it up. At 2-1 during extra time, US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans, causing spectators to begin vacating their seats in a rush,The resulting confusion triggered the stampede. Police fired tear gas at clashing supporters from both teams who were throwing projectiles, and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush. According to the reports, at least eight people were killed and more than 50 were hurt after a stadium wall collapse and stampede at a soccer match in the Senegalese capital. Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed as police started firing tear gas. The government spokesman Seydou  Gueye condemned the violence, adding that authorities moved the wounded to hospitals around Dakar this Sunday. The investigation in the incident was still undergoing. The government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the legislative campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30. The death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters and the government was blamed by their poor reaction and response to the incidents. The government also announced that punishments will be serving as a warning for the people. This will take action as they warned the person to avoid quarreling  those results to stampedes and brutal fights that leads to the death of many people. Deadly stampedes at soccer 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.