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17 die in Indonesian boxing match stampede: police

Seventeen spectators were crushed to death at a boxing match in remote eastern Indonesia after supporters of the loser started a riot, police said Monday.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2013 09:25 IST

Seventeen spectators were crushed to death at a boxing match in remote eastern Indonesia after supporters of the loser started a riot, police said Monday.



"Seventeen people died in the crush, 12 of whom were women, and another 38 were injured and have been hospitalised for treatment," Papua provincial police spokesman I Gede Sumerta Jaya told AFP.



Around 1,500 people had watched the local championship match late Sunday night at a stadium in the town of Nabire when supporters angered by the outcome began throwing chairs.



"Everyone else made a quick dash for the exit in fear the violence would get out of control, and dozens of people were trampled on," Jaya said.



In 2011, two people were killed in a stampede when thousands of fans jammed a Jakarta stadium for the Southeast Asian Games football final between the home nation and rival Malaysia.


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