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Victims trampled to death trying to escape riot in overcrowded stadium in Papua province following defeat of local boxer

Seventeen people were killed in a stadium stampede in eastern Indonesia after spectators rioted after the defeat of a local boxer, according to officials.

The youth and sports minister, Roy Suryo, said the victims – including 11 women – were trampled to death as about 1,500 spectators left the overcrowded stadium to escape a riot, which broke out just before midnight on Sunday.

He added that the Kota Lama stadium had a capacity of 500-600, and police said it had two working exits.

Thirty-two people are being treated in hospital for injuries.

Eighty-four boxers participated in the Bupati Cup Championships in the Papua province town of Nabire, Suryo said. The riot started after the final of the 58kg (128lb) division between Alvius Rumkorem and Yulianus Pigome, who Suryo said were from different tribes.

Points awarded by a panel of judges to Rumkorem triggered protests by Pigome supporters, Suryo said.

Supporters of the losing boxer threw chairs at the judges and the winner's supporters responded by throwing bottles and broken chairs, panicking people in the stadium, said Lieutenant Colonel Gede Sumerta, a provincial police spokesman.

Police and soldiers were deployed to stop the fighting, Sumerta said, adding that police investigating the case had questioned 12 people – five organisers and seven witnesses.

Nabire, about 2,000 miles (3,200km) east of Jakarta, is on Cendrawasih Bay on the north coast of Papua.




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