Soccer tragedy: More than 100 killed in post-game stampede in Indonesia

Stampede triggered after police fired tear gas to stop fighting; authorities expect death toll to climb.

Updated: October 2, 2022 - 10:41am

Panicked fans trampled at least 125 people to death at a soccer stadium late Saturday in Indonesia, a deadly stampede that was triggered when police fired tear gas to break up brawls.

Police said the tragedy in Malang city ensued after fighting broke out in the stands after the Indonesian Premier League game between Persebaya Surabaya and Arema Malang.

Riot police fired tear gas to disperse the brawlers but it caused panic, causing fans to charge out of the stadium, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta told reporters, according to The Associated Press.

More than 300 victims were rushed to hospitals and at least 125 perished. Authorities expect the death toll to climb.

Police had originally announced the death toll at 129, but lowered it by four late Sunday.