Senegal: 8 Soccer Fans Killed in Stampede in Dakar

People stand before a collapsed wall at Demba Diop stadium, July 15, 2017, in Dakar after a soccer game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. Eight people were killed during Senegal's football league final, in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match, the official APS news agency said. The wall collapse added many more to be injured.

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DAKAR, SENEGAL — At least eight people were killed 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 fight broke out between fans of rivals Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, and police fired tear gas to break it up. The resulting confusion triggered the stampede, Sports Minister Matar Ba told Reuters by telephone.

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.
– Reuters