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Eight dead in Senegal stadium crush: official media

17 July 2017, 12:52 | Ross Houston

Eight dead in Senegal stadium crush: official media

Collapsed wall kills eight at stadium in Senegal

Police responded with tear gas, prompting panicking fans to climb over a low wall at Demba Diop Stadium.

The stadium in the capital, Dakar, was "full to bursting" for the league cup final between US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, a reporter at the stadium said.

Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed as police starte firing tear gas.

A wall collapsed as sports fans tried to leave the stadium, APS reported.

"Outraged by the incidents at the Demba Diop Stadium".

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The campaign for the legislative elections of 30 July, was suspended on Sunday, in tribute to the victims, said a spokesman for the president Macky Sall. "Those responsible will be identified and sanctioned", Sall on Twitter, in French.

The incident in Senegal joins a growing list of stadium disasters this year, which include tragedies in Malawi, Honduras and Angola that have left at least 29 dead, per Hackney.

Sports minister Matar Ba has vowed to take "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal".

Another bear, Mara Dié Diouf regretted that we have organized this final "in such a stage, where there is not enough security".

At least more than 50 others were seriously injured in the confusion, while firefighters were on the scene along with large numbers of ambulances.



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