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Eight killed in Senegalese stampede

Date: Jul 17, 2017

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.

A wall collapsed in a Dakar stadium during extra time at the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and US Ouakam which was marred by clashes between rival fans and police use of teargas. The resulted confusion triggered the stampede, Sports Minister Matar Ba told Reuters by telephone. Sixty people were injured.

On Sunday, Senegal suspended all sports and cultural events until elections at the end of the month, a day after eight people died in a football stadium disaster. "All sporting and cultural activities are banned across the national territory for the rest of the electoral campaign," Seydou Gueye, a Spokesperson for the Prime Minister, said.

A judicial inquiry will be opened to investigate the tragedy and determine who was responsible for Saturday's incident, he said.

Campaigning for the elections by the ruling coalition of President Macky Sall was also suspended Sunday out of respect for the victims.

President Macky Sall said in a statement Sunday he was "outraged" at the lives lost, promising better security in Senegal's stadiums and swift justice for the families affected.

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.

--AFP--

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