17 dead in stampede at boxing match in Indonesia

“Seventeen people died in the crush, 12 of whom were women, and another 38 were injured and have been hospitalised for treatment,” Papua provincial police spokesman I Gede Sumerta Jaya said.

Around 1,500 people had watched the local championship match late on Sunday night at a stadium in the town of Nabire when supporters angered by the outcome began throwing chairs.

“Everyone else made a dash for the exit in fear the violence would get out of control, and dozens of people were trampled on,” Jaya said.

In 2011, two were killed in a stampede when thousands of fans jammed a Jakarta stadium for the Southeast Asian Games football final between the home nation and Malaysia.

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