22 dead after soccer stampede
At least 22 are dead and 132 are injured after a stampede at a World Cup qualifying soccer match in the Ivory Coast on Sunday.
Interior Minister Desire Tagro said thats fans pushed against each other to get into the arena shortly before the game between Ivory Coast and Malami. The pushing started a panic that led to the stampede.
The Star Tribune reported that an Associated Press photographer said people were shoving each other 40 minutes before the game started. Police fired tear gas into one section of the crowd.
Reporter Ollo Kambire said that a wall collapsed from the force of the shoving crowds and people started to fall, causing panic and a stampede.
This is not the first stampede at a crowded African stadium. Security forces and badly equipped and greatly outnumbered, the Star Tribune reported.