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Eight dead in Senegal wall collapse

16 July 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 16/07/17 10:12am

A collapsed wall has killed eight people at Senegal's Demba Diop stadium

A collapsed wall has killed eight people at Senegal’s Demba Diop stadium

Eight people have died and at least 49 are injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal, according to reports.

The incident occurred at the end of Saturday’s League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam at Demba Diop stadium in the country’s capital, Dakar.

Fighting broke out between rival supporters at the end of the match and police responded by using tear gas before a stampede led to the wall collapsing as fans attempted to flee the stadium.

Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while injured fans had been taken to health facilities in Dakar.

He vowed “strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal.”

Senegal’s safety record at large gatherings has been heavily criticised this year following a fire which killed dozens at a religious retreat in April.

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