174 killed in stampede at football match in Indonesia

At least 174 people were killed and 180 people sustained injuries at a football stadium in Indonesia after fans invaded the pitch, causing a stampede, forcing cops to respond with tear gas in East Java province, AFP reported. A clash broke out between supporters of Javanese clubs Arema and Persebaya Surabaya after the former were defeated at the match in Malang Regency, East Java.

The incident happened on Saturday night in the eastern city of Malangm and was one of the world’s deadliest sporting stadium disasters. The police had to resort to firing tear gas shells as they tried to persuade the fans to return to the stands in which two cops were killed.

Police said many of the victims were trampled or choked to death. Police chief said many people were crushed and suffocated when they ran to one exit.

“It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars,” Nico told Reuters, adding that the crush occurred when fans fled for an exit gate.