Angola stadium stampede kills 17
February 11th, 2017 at 12:19 pm
Angola stadium stampede kills 17

International desk – At least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the northern Angolan city of Uige, officials say.

Hundreds more were reported to have been injured when supporters stormed the gates after failing to gain entry, according to BBC report.

Some of those who fell became trapped and suffocated at the venue on Friday, a medical official said.

Witnesses said the crowd trying to gain access would have taken the stadium past its 8,000 capacity.

Santa Rita de Cassia were due to play Libolo in a first division league match.

“Some people had to walk on top of other people. There were 76 casualties, of whom 17 died,” Ernesto Luis, director general of the local hospital, told Reuters news agency.

Five of the injured are reported to be in serious condition. Angolan and Portuguese media report that some of the dead are children.

Supporter Domingos Vika, 35, said that the entrance was already overcrowded when more people began pouring in to the stadium.

“When they gave the opportunity for everyone to come in, we were all packed at the gate,” said Vika, who left the venue with a broken hand.

Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has ordered an investigation into the incident, local media report.

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