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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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At least 15 killed in Congo football stadium stampede

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 00:49