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Senegal: Eight Dead in Wall Collapse at Demba Diop Stadium


A wall collapsed at Senegal’s Demba Diop stadium at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam killing eight people and leaving injured at least 49.

Fighting started in the capital Dakar between rival fans and police responded by using tear gas, which led to panic, a stampede, and the wall collapse.

Some soccer fans were throwing projectiles including stones at others.

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Pictures circulating online appear to show people scrambling over a low wall amid clouds of gas.

Image source AFP

Local news agency APS reported that ambulances and firefighters were at the scene.

With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Mbour scored in the first period of extra time to win 2-1, and violence broke out at the final whistle.

Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend died in the incident and who helped move people out of the stadium, told AFP: “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 on to people.”


A spokesman for Senegal’s President Macky Sall said that campaigning for upcoming elections would be suspended on July 16 as a mark of respect, and that there should be “punishments serving as a warning”.