Stampede at Angolan football stadium kills 17 fans

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AT least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at an Angolan football match.
As well as the deaths, scores of people were injured as hundreds of supporters stormed the stadium gates.
The crowd in the northern Angolan city of Uige pushed against barriers after failing to gain entry before the start of the match, according to state news agency Angop. Many fell and were trampled.
Ernesto Luis, director general of the local hospital, said football fans had suffocated in the crush.
“Some people had to walk on top of other people,” he said. “There were 76 casualties, of whom 17 died.”
Five of those injured are in a serious condition.
Witnesses said the crowd trying to get into the stadium would have pushed the building over its 8,000-person capacity.
“When we wanted to go in, we found a barrier,” one witness, Joao Silva, said.
Silva, 37, added that he survived the crush but had suffered a broken foot.
2I was in the third layer [of people],” he added.
Domingos Vika, 35, broke a hand in the stampede.
“When they gave the opportunity for everyone to come in, we were all packed at the gate already,” he said.
The match between Santa Rita de Cassia and Libolo was part of Angola’s first division championship.
Police and football officials have not yet released any statements.Advertisement