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Angola probes football stampede that killed 17

Angola probes football stampede that killed 17
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Luanda (AFP): Angola on Saturday announced an investigation into a stadium stampede that killed at least 17 and injured scores in what was described...

Luanda (AFP): Angola on Saturday announced an investigation into a stadium stampede that killed at least 17 and injured scores in what was described as the southern African country's worst football tragedy.

The government set up a commission to probe Friday's crush in the northern town of Uige, the national Angop news agency reported, with children among the victims.

Another body will be set up to help the families of the victims and assist in organising funerals after tragedy struck the domestic league match between host team Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo on the opening day of the season.

"Several children have been killed," police spokesman Orlando Bernardo told AFP. "There was a blockage at the entrance to the January 4 stadium. This obstruction caused multiple fatalities - 17 deaths, and there are 56 injured in the hospital," he said.

Police said hundreds of fans had tried to enter the already packed stadium to see the match, causing a crush that pushed some people to the ground.

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