Stampede kills eight at Senegal football stadium

Eight people have died and at least 49 are injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal, BBC reports. The incident...

Eight people have died and at least 49 are injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal, BBC reports.

The incident happened at Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar, at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam, reports say.
With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Mbour scored in the first period of extra time to win 2-1, and violence broke out at the final whistle.

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

Some fans were throwing projectiles including stones at others.
Pictures circulating online appear to show people scrambling over a low wall amid clouds of gas.

Local news agency APS reported that ambulances and firefighters were at the scene

A spokesman for the country's President Macky Sall told BBC that campaigning for upcoming elections would be suspended on Sunday as a mark of respect, and that there should be "punishments serving as a warning".

Photo credit: BBC

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