Eight dead in Senegal stadium crush: official media

A wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium in Dakar on July 15, 2017 after a stampede during a game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour. Eight people died. Photo: SEYLLOU / AFP

DAKAR - Eight people were killed during Senegal's football league final in Dakar on Saturday in a stampede that broke out following clashes at the end of the match, the official APS news agency said.

A wall collapsed at Demba Diop stadium as people attempted to leave after the game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, APS reported.

Police fired tear gas at clashing supporters from both teams who were throwing projectiles, and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush.

At least 49 were seriously injured in the confusion, APS said, while firefighters were on the scene along with large numbers of ambulances.

Senegal's safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year after the death of dozens of people at a religious retreat in April when a fire ripped through makeshift shelters.

AFP

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