At least 15 killed in Congo football stadium stampede
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 00:49
May 12 - A stampede breaks out in a crowded football stadium in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving at least 15 dead and dozens injured. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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At least 15 people were killed after police fired tear gas in a crowded football stadium in the Democratic Republic of Congo, provoking a stampede, officials say.
Some 24 people were injured.
Fans in the capital Kinshasa were reportedly angry after their local team was defeated by a team from the eastern town of Lubumbashi in a heated final.
Officials say policemen then fired tear gas.
Fans, blinded by the gas, ran in different directions, sometimes falling over each other.
Stampedes are a frequent occurrence at crowded events in Congo.
Last month at least 21 people were killed in a stampede at a music festival.
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