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Stampede kills 17, injures scores of people at Angolan stadium

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At least 17 people died and scores were injured in a stampede at an Angolan football match on Friday when hundreds of supporters stormed the stadium gates, a medical official said.

The match between Santa Rita de Cássia and Libolo was part of Angola’s first division championship.

The crowd in the northern city of Uige pushed against barriers after failing to gain entry before the start of the match, Angola state news paper said on Saturday.

Domingos Vika, 35, who broke a hand, added: “When they gave the opportunity for everyone to come in, we were all packed at the gate already.”

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