129 dead after fans rush to leave Indonesian soccer game

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Police officers fire tear gas during a soccer match at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday October 1, 2022. Clashes between supporters of two Indonesian soccer teams in East Java province killed over 100 fans and a number of police officers , mostly trampled to death, police said on Sunday. (AP Photo/Yudha Prabowo)

Malang – Panic at an Indonesian soccer game after police fired tear gas to stop brawls left 129 dead, most trampled to death, police said on Sunday.

Several fights between supporters of the two rival soccer teams were reported at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in the city of Malang in East Java province after the Indonesian Premier League match ended in Persebaya Surabaya’s 3-2 win over Arema Malang.

The scuffles, which broke out shortly after the end of the game late Saturday night, prompted riot police to fire tear gas, sparking panic among supporters, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta said.

Hundreds of people ran to an exit gate to avoid the tear gas. Some smothered in chaos and others were trampled upon, killing 34 almost instantly.

More than 300 were rushed to nearby hospitals to treat injuries, but many died en route and during treatment, Afinta said.

He said the death toll is likely to increase as the condition of many of the approximately 180 injured deteriorated.

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