MALANG, Indonesia — Panic at an Indonesian soccer match after police fired tear gas to stop the fights left 129 people dead, most trampled to death, police said.
Several fights between fans of the two rival football teams were reported inside the Kanjuruhan Stadium in the city of Malang, East Java Province, after the Indonesian Premier League game ended with Persebaya Surabaya beating Arema Malang 3- 2.
The brawls that erupted just after the match ended late on Saturday prompted riot police to fire tear gas, which caused panic among fans, East Java’s police chief said, Nico Afinta.
Hundreds of people ran to an exit door to avoid tear gas. Some suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled on, killing 34 people almost instantly.
More than 300 people were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment of their injuries, but many died en route and during treatment, Afinta said.
He said the death toll was likely to continue to rise as the condition of many of the approximately 180 injured victims deteriorated.
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