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Cameroon Shocked after Tragic Event at Stadium

Djilo, a 41-year-old woman living with disability, was one of the eight people killed in a stampede that occurred outside the Olembe Stadium, in Cameroon’s capital city Yaounde, in which the hosts beat Comoros 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of AFCON.

Security officers had reportedly delayed letting fans enter the gate via the southern entrance of the 60,000-seat venue before a crush developed as impatient fans tried to enter the stadium. Tournament organisers had said only 80 percent of stadium capacities would be made available for fans wanting to see Cameroon’s games and 60 percent for other teams because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But officials said about 50,000 fans had tried entering the stadium during the game. At least 38 people were also injured during the stampede, according to a statement from Cameroon’s ministry of communication.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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