Tuesday 12 December 2017

21 held over Egypt football deaths

Friends and relatives of 22 football fans who were killed in Cairo wait outside a morgue. (AP)
Friends and relatives of 22 football fans who were killed in Cairo wait outside a morgue. (AP)

Egyptian police have arrested 21 football fans over a deadly stampede at a Cairo stadium, and accused them of attacking officers and damaging police cars.

Prosecutor Mohammed Seif said the 21 fans are in custody, although no formal charges have been raised so far.

The stampede erupted on Sunday night after police fired tear gas at hundreds of fans waiting in a fenced, narrow corridor to enter a military stadium in eastern Cairo for a key league game.

Twenty-two people were killed in the mayhem. Authorities said the victims died of suffocation from tear gas or from being crushed.

Supporters burned one police vehicle. Police accused the fans of trying to storm the stadium, which they deny.

Press Association

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