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At least 8 killed in Senegal soccer stampede

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More than 50 also hurt after fighting broke out and stadium wall collapsed in Dakar

The Associated Press
Posted: Jul 16, 2017 8:52 AM ET
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2017 9:23 AM ET

Witnesses said at least eight people were killed and more than 50 were hurt after a stadium wall collapse and stampede at a soccer match in the Senegalese capital.

Those at the event said fighting broke out late Saturday between rival fans of US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, and the wall at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar collapsed as police also fired tear gas.

Government spokesman Seydou Gueye on Sunday condemned the violence, adding that authorities moved the wounded to hospitals around Dakar. He said an investigation will be opened.

The government also announced a ban on sports and cultural activities during the legislative campaign period leading to parliamentary elections on July 30.

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Rival fans clashed on the terrace in the Demba Diop stadium in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, Saturday, forcing spectators through a narrow exit, while others climbed walls and scaled fences onto the pitch in order to escape the stampede. (Reuters)

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