Eight dead in stampede at Senegal soccer stadium

A stampede at a soccer stadium in Senegal killed at least eight people Saturday, the Senegalese sports minister said. 

A brawl broke out at a match up between two rival teams at Dembra Diop Stadium in Dakar, Senegal.

US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour fans fired projectiles at each other, Agence de Presse Senegalaise reported.

Police fired tear gas to break up the fight between the opposed supporters.

Chaos ensued and a stampede erupted, Sports Minister Matar Ba said. 

As sports fans tried to leave the stadium, a wall collapsed, APS reported. More than 40 spectators were injured. Some died under the weight of the wall. 

Violence broke out after fans of rival teams fired projectiles at each other, the sports minister said.

Violence broke out after fans of rival teams fired projectiles at each other, the sports minister said.

(SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

The violence broke out after the match went into overtime, the BBC reported. 

Deadly stampedes are common at sports matches in Africa. 

At least 17 people died in a stampede at a soccer stadium in Angola in February.

With News Wire Services

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