13 killed in stampede at football stadium in DR Congo
www.chinaview.cn 2008-09-16 13:41:01   Print

    KINSHASA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 people, mainly teenagers, were suffocated to death and 36 others injured in a stampede at a football stadium in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, authorities said Monday.

    The match was held at a stadium in the town of Butembo in North Kivu province on Sunday. The riot broke out when a player of one side tried to influence the match through witchcraft, local reports said.

    Police fired guns into the air to try to control the violence. The spectators were frightened as a result and ran for the exits which led to the stampede.

    Julien Mpaluku, governor of the province, said most of the victims were aged between 11 and 16, with only two or three adults.

    The local government has set up an 11-member team to launch an investigation into the tragedy.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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