Eight dead in wall collapse at Senegal's football stadium

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

Sporting fixtures have been cancelled for the rest of this month in Senegal after a wall collapsed in a football stadium, killing at least 8 people.

Eight people have lost their lives in Senegal after clashes between fans prompted a stampede at the Demba Diop Stadium in Dakar.

The resulting confusion triggered the stampede, Sports Minister Matar Ba said.

Fighting started between rival fans and police responded by using tear gas, which led to panic, a stampede, and the wall collapse.

Ambulances and teams of firefighters were still at the scene of the accident in Dakar late on Saturday night.

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According to him, the police is withdrawn from a zone separating the supporters of the two teams when projectiles began to fly, leading the crowd in the spectators unable to defend themselves.

He said an investigation will be opened into the incident. Deadly stampedes at football matches are reported to be quite common in Africa, where safety measures are low, Reuters noted.

The spokesperson for President Macky Sall announced Sunday's legislative electoral campaigning event would be postponed out of respect for the victims.

Meantime, at least 17 people were killed ahead of the opening match of the Angolan football league in February.

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