Eight dead in wall collapse at Senegal football stadium

James Marshall
July 17, 2017

Eight people have been killed in a Dakar soccer stadium after a wall collapsed onto clashing fans, triggering a stampede.

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 journalist said.

A further 49 supporters were reportedly injured following a panicked stampede for the exists after police had fired tear gas to disperse the crowd after fights between rival groups of fans.

Sixty people were injured, Sports Minister Matar Ba told AFP.

"All of a sudden the wall fell. we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people", said Cheikh Maba Diop, an eye witness.

The Government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.

Senegal's President Macky Sall said on Twitter that those behind the tragedy would be punished.

"Outraged by the incidents of the Demba Diop Stadium". Light will be shed on this tragedy, officials identified and punished.

Earlier this month, eight people died in a stampede at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe as people arrived to celebrate Malawi's 53rd anniversary of independence.

At least 17 died in a stampede at a soccer stadium in Angola in February.

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