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Eight killed in Senegal stadium wall collapse

DAKAR

Eight people have been killed during Senegal’s football league cup final in Dakar, the sports minister said, as a wall collapsed onto clashing supporters triggering a panicked stampede.

Sports minister Matar Ba said a young girl was among the dead, while around 60 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”.

A mass deployment of firefighters and ambulances remained at the scene late on Saturday.

The stadium was full bursting with people for the long-awaited clash between local teams US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour.

At 2-1 during extra time, US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans, causing spectators to begin vacating their seats in a rush. a

Part of a wall supporting bleachers seating fans from both sides then collapsed, while police had begun firing teargas and panic spread in the stadium leading to a crush.

“All of a sudden when the wall fell… we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people,” said Cheikh Maba Diop, a witness who helped evacuate victims from the stadium and lost a friend in the tragedy.

Also speaking at the scene, football fan Mara Die Diouf said policing at the stadium had been inadequate.

Agence France-Presse