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Johannesburg: At least 17 people killed in stampede at Angolan football stadium

At least 17 people have died and dozens have been injured in a stampeded at a football stadium in Angola on Friday, The accident happened in the northwestern town of Uige when hundreds of people

India TV News Desk, Johannesburg [ Published on: February 11, 2017 22:55 IST ]
Many people killed in stampede at Angolan football stadium

At least 17 people have died and dozens have been injured in a stampeded at a football stadium in Angola on Friday,

The accident happened in the northwestern town of Uige when hundreds of people rushed at one of the stadium gates, causing some to fall and be trampled underfoot, according to Angolan and Portuguese media.

Some of the dead were children who suffocated in the stampede, the Portuguese news agency Lusa said. Lusa and Angop, Angola's state-run news agency, reported a death toll of 17.

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos expressed condolences to the families of the victims, and instructed officials to assist the injured and open an investigation, Angop reported.

Spectators had gone to the stadium to watch the inaugural game between home team Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in the national Girabola competition.


 
(With inputs from AP)

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