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Jul 16, 2017, 4:22 PM
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Senegal football stadium crush kills eight, Saturday 15th July 2017
Football fans at a stadium in Senegal have described the moment a wall collapsed, killing eight people and injuring dozens.
The incident happened at Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar, after fighting started between rival fans and police intervened with tear gas.
A crowd stampede at a football match in Senegal has killed eight people, including a young girl, and injured around 60.
It was triggered when a wall collapsed onto supporters at the league cup final between local rivals US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour.
After 90 minutes, with the game deadlocked at 1-1, Mbour scored, prompting angry Ouakam fans to start throwing stones at opposition supporters.
To avoid being pelted by the missiles, people started leaving their seats in a surge, said an AFP journalist who was at the game.
In the melee, part of a wall collapsed onto both sets of fans.
In the crush, police started firing tear gas to disperse the crowd, causing further panic.
Pictures were posted on social media appearing to show fans climbing over a low wall, with gas clouds in the air.
Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend was killed, told the AFP news agency: “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.”
Ambulances and teams of firefighters were still at the scene of the accident in Dakar late on Saturday night.
Sports minister Matar Ba pledged “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal”.
Campaigning for the forthcoming legislative elections on 30 July would be suspended on Sunday out of respect for those who lost their lives, a spokesman for the country’s President Macky Sall said.
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