Sunday, 16 July 2017

8 killed 60 injured in Senegalese stadium stampede [PHOTOS]

At least eight people were killed on Saturday in a stampede in a soccer stadium in the Senegalese capital Dakar during a match between two local teams, the sports minister said.
According to Reuters, the incident developped after a fight broke out between fans of rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and police fired tear gas to break them up. 

The resulting commotion triggered the stampede, Sports Minister Matar Ba told Reuters by telephone.
Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.
He vowed "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal".

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, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed as police starte firing tear gas.

"All of a sudden, the wall fell. We knew some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people," said Cheikh Maba Diop, a witness who helped evacuate victims from the stadium and lost a friend in the tragedy.

Campaigning for Senegal's legislative elections due on July 30 would be suspended on Sunday in respect for the victims, said a spokesman for President Macky Sall.

Sall also wanted "punishments serving as a warning" following the tragedy, spokesman El Hamidou Kasse said on TFM television.

Senegal's safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year after the death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters.

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