Eight killed in Senegal stadium collapse

People look at the scene after a wall collapsed at Demba Diop Stadium in Dakar after a football game between local teams Ouakam and Stade de Mbour July 15, 2017. Eight people were killed in the incident. PHOTO |AFP  

Eight people died and at least 49 were injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal on Saturday.

It happened at Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar, at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam.

Fighting started between rival fans and police responded by using tear gas, which led to panic, a stampede, and the wall collapse.

Some fans were throwing projectiles including stones at others.

The wall fell

With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Mbour scored in the first period of extra time to win 2-1, and violence broke out at the final whistle.

Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend died in the incident and who helped move people out of the stadium, told AFP news agency: "All of a sudden when the wall fell... we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly on to people."

A spokesman for the country's President Macky Sall said that campaigning for upcoming elections would be suspended on Sunday as a mark of respect, and that there should be "punishments serving as a warning".

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