Soccer Stadium Stampede: 15 Killed as Chaos Erupts in Congo's Capital

Image: Soccer Stadium Stampede: 15 Killed as Chaos Erupts in Congo's Capital The entrance to a stadium were around 15 people died over the weekend in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of CongoCongo.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:39 AM

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A soccer stadium stampede killed at least 15 people Monday when a riot broke out at the facility in Congo's capital after a throng of angry fans threw rocks from the stands.

The stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa happened toward the end of a match Sunday between two popular Congolese teams, AS Vita Club, and TP Mazembe, according to The Associated Press.

At least 21 others were injured during the melee, said Gov. Andre Kimbuta, who has set up a commission to investigate the incident.

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Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende on Monday defended the actions of the security officers.

"It is false to say that the violence was started by the tear gas, which was used to protect people being threatened by elements in the stands who were acting like militiamen," he said.

Witnesses said that angry fans threw objects onto the field including rocks in the final minutes of the match on the last day of the league season. The home team, AS Vita, was losing 1-0.

Kanga Yves told the AP that the crowds were trampled as they tried to flee the tear gas, and that he had seen at least eight bodies.

The stampede then caused a recently restored wall and gate to collapse, African soccer body the Confederation of African Football said in a statement Monday. The continental body has also asked Congolese soccer authorities for a report.

Altercations have previously erupted when Kinshasa-based AS Vita played Lubumbashi-based TP Mazembe, a four-time African club champion that played at FIFA's Club World Cup in 2010.

Sanctions had been imposed last season on the teams after a match between them in the city of Lubumbashi, U.N.-backed Radio Okapi reported.

More than 20 people were killed on April 25 in the town of Kikwit in southwest Congo when generators failed during a festival honoring a popular singer, plunging the stadium into darkness and causing a stampede.

Sunday's Kinshasa stadium stampede also came days after Ghana marked the anniversary of Africa's worst football disaster. Over 120 people were killed on May 9, 2001 when police fired tear gas at a stadium in the Ghanaian capital Accra because of crowd trouble at a game, also causing a stampede in the stands.

Most recently, more than 70 people died in a riot at a football game in the Egyptian city of Port Said in February 2012. The riot was linked to political violence in Egypt following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak as president.

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