Stadium stampede kills at least 17 in Angola

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At least 17 people were killed in a stampede at a football stadium in Angola’s northern city of Uige, local officials say.

The stampede left hundreds others injured when supporters stormed the stadium’s gates after failing to gain entry.

Some of those who fell got trapped and suffocated.

Witness reports say that the crowd trying to gain access into the stadium would have taken it beyond its 8,000 capacity.

Santa Rita de Cassia were hosting Recreativo do Libolo in a first division league match.

“Some people had to walk on top of other people. There were 76 casualties, of whom 17 died,” Reuters reports Ernesto Luis, director general of the local hospital, to say.

Five of those who sustained injuries are said to be in critical conditions.

Local media report that Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has ordered an investigation into the incident.

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