Boxing Match Stampede In Indonesia Kills 18
THE JAKARTA POST (Indonesia), REUTERS, CNN
NABIRE - At least 18 people were killed in a stadium stampede on Sunday night after a riot broke out over the result of a boxing match in Nabire, in eastern Indonesia.
Around midnight, just after the end of an amateur boxing game, some spectators started protesting the local boxer's loss by throwing chairs at the judges.
The winner's supporters responded by throwing bottles and broken chairs, reports The Jakarta Post.
[rebelmouse-image 27087145 alt="""" original_size="598x338" expand=1]
Photo: Infos140 via Twitter
Spectators tried to run outside and trampled on each other, reports CNN. Out of the 18 victims, 12 were women; more than 40 other spectators were injured and hospitalized, according to Reuters.
The Kota Lama Sport Stadium, in the remote province of Papua, was designed to welcome 1,000 spectators, but 1,500 tickets had been sold for the game, said Hendrick Andoi, head of the Nabire Amateur Boxing Association. The stadium reportedly had only two working exits.