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129 killed in violence, riot at football match in Indonesia

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One hundred and twenty-nine persons were killed and over 180 were injured in a stampede after violence erupted inside a football stadium in Indonesia on Saturday, Reuters reported.

Supporters of two football clubs – Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya – clashed after the former was defeated during a match at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang Regency in East Java.

East Java’s Police Chief Nico Afinta said that supporters from the losing side entered the ground following which officials fired tear gas. This caused panic and a crowd ran towards an exit gate, he said.

“There was a pile-up,” Afinta said, according to The New York Times. “The buildup process resulted in shortness of breath and lack of oxygen.”

According to the police, 34 persons were killed inside the stadium, while others died during treatment in hospitals. Two police officers were among the dead.

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