CAF CL: Stampede Kills 5 Inside Stadium
Football fans came out en-mass to watch the CAF Champions League tie between host Primeiro de Agosto and TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Estádio 11 de Novembro stadium in Luanda was filled beyond capacity.
After the game ended goalless at regulation, the fans were all heading out at once towards the gate.
But the exit was locked during the game and was only opened after a large crowed had gathered trying to force their way out.
When police opened the gates, fans rushed out and some were trampled under police horses leaving five people dead, while seven others were left injured, according to the sports ministry in a statement on Monday.
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Angola’s sports ministry said in an earlier statement that it regretted the deaths and that the seven injured people had already been discharged from hospital.
The stampede took place on Saturday. The sports ministry blamed the casualties partly on the fact that the start of the game had been delayed.
Angola’s sports watchdog said it would investigate the incident.
Last year, at least 17 people died and dozens were injured in a stampede at a stadium in Uige, a city in northern Angola.
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