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Deaths in Indonesia Football match stampede climbs to 174

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INDONESIA: At least 174 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede after violence broke out at a football match in Indonesia, Reuters reported quoting police. The incident occurred during a football match of Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang Regency in East Java on Saturday night.

Indonesia’s Police Chief in East Java Province, Nico Afinta, told reporters that authorities had to fire tear gas after supporters from the losing side invaded the pitch following a match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya, leading to a stampede and cases of suffocation.

“Thirty-four people died inside the stadium and the rest died in hospital,” Nico said in a statement on Sunday.

Video footage posted on social media showed people rushing onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang and images of body bags.

“It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars,” Nico said, adding that the crush occurred

Indonesia’s Football Association (PSSI) issued a statement late Saturday night expressing regret over the incident and said a team has left for Malang to start an investigation into what happened after the game

“PSSI regrets the actions of Arema supporters at the Kanjuruhan Stadium. We are sorry and apologize to the families of the victims and all parties for the incident. For that PSSI immediately formed an investigation team and immediately left for Malang,” the statement read. The league has suspended games for a week following the riot which claimed at least 174 lives and injured 180.The stadium holds 42,000 people and authorities said it was a sell-out.

– NDTV

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