Eight dead in wall collapse at Senegal's football stadium

Eight dead in wall collapse at Senegal's football stadium

Eight dead in wall collapse at Senegal's football stadium

Stade de Mbour scored in the first period of extra time to defeat Union Sportive Ouakam 2-1 in the African nation's capital, Dakar, and violence broke out Saturday.

This resulted in a section of a wall falling, killing eight and injuring up to 60 more - who have subsequently been taken to receive medical treatment.

As seen on footage by local broadcaster TM2, spectators were throwing stones and other projectiles, with local news agency Agence de Presse Senegalaise reporting that firemen and ambulances were called to the stadium.

Sports minister Matar Ba pledged "strong measures so that such an event will never be repeated in Senegal".

To avoid being pelted by the missiles, people started leaving their seats in a surge, said an AFP journalist who was at the game. "We knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly on to people".

Campaigning for the upcoming legislative election in the country that is due on 30 July would be suspended following the incident as a mark of respect for the victims, presidential spokesman El Hamidou Kasse said.

President Macky Sall said that there should be punishments for those responsible, to serve as a warning. Light will be shed on this tragedy, officials identified and punished.

In May, four people were killed and several injured in a stampede at Honduras' national stadium prior to the league final between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

The incident in Senegal joins a growing list of stadium disasters this year, which include tragedies in Malawi, Honduras and Angola that have left at least 29 dead, per Hackney.