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At least eight persons killed in stampede at stadium in Cameroon


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At least eight people are reported to have been killed and dozens hurt in a crush outside an Africa Cup of Nations match in Cameroon.


Videos showed screaming fans being crushed at an entry gate to the Paul Biya stadium in the capital Yaoundé.

Witnesses described chaotic scenes outside the ground as thousands of fans struggled to get access.


The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 but because of Covid restrictions, it was not meant to be more than 80% full. Officials say about 50,000 people tried to attend the match.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya ordered an investigation into the "tragic incident". The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has also launched its own investigation.


Nick Cavell, a producer for BBC Africa, was at the match and said that news of the crush did not seem to filter through to the crowd until there were reports on social media.

Images on social media show fans clambering over fences, rushing past checkpoints and trampling on unconscious supporters. Others show some trying to resuscitate their fellow fans.

The last 16th match between Cameroon and Comoros took place despite the incident and ended with a 2-1 win for the hosts.

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