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At least 174 dead including children in a football riot at Kanjuruhan Stadium in East Java, Indonesia

About 174 fans have died including children and two police officers after a riot reportedly broke out following a derby match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya in Indonesia.



At least 174 people were killed and around 180 injured at a football match in Indonesia in what appears to be one of the world’s worst stadium disasters. A look at other major incidents over the last 40 years

In one of the deadliest stadium tragedies in history, up to 174 people may have been killed and 180 injured in a stampede at a soccer stadium when police attempted to stop fighting on the field.

After the game ended on Saturday night in Malang, East Java, angry fans of the losing home team invaded the field. Officers used tear gas to try to disperse them, according to the region’s police head Nico Afinta.

“It had become chaotic. They began assaulting police officers, causing damage to automobiles, “Nico added, adding that the crowd swarmed to an exit gate as they escaped.

Emil Dardak, the Deputy Governor of East Java, and the local disaster agency estimated the death toll at 174 on Sunday afternoon, however Emil later acknowledged the figure may have included duplicate fatalities due to the fact that there were so many people killed. The estimate provided by the regional health service was 130.

There was still uncertainty on Sunday over the death toll, with one official putting it as high as 174, but the stadium disaster appeared to be the world’s worst in more than half a century.

Following Arema FC’s 3-2 loss to Persebaya Surabaya about 10 p.m. (1500 GMT), local television networks captured pictures of fans rushing the field, scuffles, what appeared to be clouds of tear gas, and unconscious people being carried out of the venue.

According to Boby Prabowo, a paramedic who responded to the incident, a considerable number of persons at the scene were impacted by tear gas. As a result, several victims who were treated at the adjacent Kanjuruhan hospital suffered from trauma, shortness of breath, and a lack of oxygen.

Metro TV was informed by the director of another hospital in the region that some of the victims had suffered brain damage and that among the deceased was a young child of five years old.

President Joko Widodo has urged the authorities to conduct a comprehensive review of the safety measures taken at games, adding that he hoped this would be “the last soccer tragedy in the nation.”

Jokowi, the PSSI, and the Football Association of Indonesia decided to stop all BRI Liga 1 games until an investigation was finished.


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