129 fans dead in riot at soccer game in Indonesia after stampede

More than 300 were taken to nearby hospitals for their injuries. But many of them died on the way and during treatment.

MALANG, East Java — Panic at an Indonesian soccer game after police fired tear gas to stop brawls left 129 dead, most trampled to death, police said on Sunday.

Several fights between supporters of the two rival soccer teams were reported at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in the city of Malang in East Java province after the Indonesian Premier League match ended in Persebaya Surabaya’s 3-2 win over Arema Malang.

The scuffles, which broke out shortly after the game ended late Saturday night, prompted riot police to fire tear gas, sparking panic among supporters, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta said.

More than 300 were rushed to nearby hospitals to treat injuries, but many died en route and during treatment, Afinta said.

He said the death toll is likely to rise as the condition of many of the approximately 180 injured deteriorated.

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Laura Coffey

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