Senegal: Eight Dead,Many Injured in Senegal Football Stadium Stampede

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STADIUM-DISASTER

Those present said fighting broke out late Saturday between rival fans of US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour, and the wall at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar collapsed as police also fired tear gas.

Police used tear gas to keep rioting supporters from the two sides apart. A young girl was reported to be among the dead as people tried to flee the venue.

Sporting fixtures have been cancelled for the rest of this month in Senegal after a wall collapsed in a football stadium, killing at least 8 people.

Spectators began to leave their seats in a rush after stones were thrown, one witness said.

Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend was killed, told the 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". The light will be cast on this tragedy.

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"What I find terrible is that we have this kind of final in this kind of stadium where there isn't enough security", Diouf said.

Stadium tragedies are common in African football, and Saturday's disaster is the latest in a long string of such disasters.

In February, at least 17 people died and scores were injured in a stampede during a football match in Angola.

In May, four people died and several others were injured in a stampede at Honduras' national stadium before the soccer league final between C.D. Motagua and C.D. Honduras Progreso.

A ban on sports and cultural activities has been announced leading up to parliamentary elections on July 30.