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Senegal: Eight Killed During Senegal Football Match

Senegal: Eight Killed During Senegal Football Match

Eight people have died after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal's capital Dakar.

Pictures were posted on social media appearing to show fans climbing over a low wall, with gas clouds in the air.

A spokesperson for the country's government Seydou Gueye said a investigation had been opened into the incident.

He vowed "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal".

"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 onto people", Cheikh Maba Diop, whose friend died in the incident, told the AFP (via the BBC).

Campaigning for Senegal's legislative elections due on July 30 would on Sunday be suspended in respect for the victims, said a spokesman for President Macky Sall. The light will be cast on this tragedy.

Police fired teargas in the hopes of ending the chaos, which apparently led to a stampede and the collapse of a wall.

In February, at least 17 people were killed in Angola before the opening match of a soccer league.

Ambulances and teams of firefighters were still at the scene of the accident in Dakar late on Saturday night.

State-run television station TPA reported football fans did not follow security instructions and tried to enter the stadium through one gate to watch the match between Santa Rita de Cássia and Recreativo do Libolo.