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Crowd stampede kills at least 15 at DR Congo football match

Crowd stampede kills at least 15 at DR Congo football match
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Some 15 people were killed in a stampede at a football match in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.

Trouble started towards the end of the league final when home side AS Vita were losing one nil against TP Mozambe.

After the home fans began throwing stones and other missiles police reacted with tear gas in an attempt to calm matters.

But instead panic reigned and thousands began pushing towards the exit causing a mass stampede. However according to one supporter the exits were closed.

“Five minutes before the end of the match all the gates were still closed, only two doors were open. The police started to behave bizarrely, I didn’t understand their behaviour,” said a Vita fan.

At least 15 people lost their lives as a result of suffocating in the crush while many more were injured.

As is often the case in the DR Congo the stadium was in a poor state and packed well beyond its capacity.

An full investigation into the incident in Kinshasa has been ordered by the government.

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