Eight Dead After Wall Collapses At Senegal’s Demba Diop Stadium
Eight people have died and at least 49 are injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal, according to reports.
A fight broke between the police and rival fans at the end of a League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam and prompted the police to respond by using tear gas, which led to panic and a stampede and the wall collapse.
Some fans were throwing projectiles including stones at others.
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Pictures circulating online appear to show people scrambling over a low wall amid clouds of gas.
Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.
He vowed “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal.”
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.