17 dead in stampede at boxing match in Indonesia

Jul 16, 2013, 01:39 IST | AFP

Seventeen spectators were crushed to death at a boxing match in remote eastern Indonesia after supporters of the loser started a riot, police said yesterday.

“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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