Indonesia boxing stampede leaves 17 dead

Monday 15 July 2013 22.47
The aftermath of a stampede in Indonesia in which 17 people were killed
The aftermath of a stampede in Indonesia in which 17 people were killed

At least 17 people were killed and 39 injured in a stampede triggered by fighting among fans after a boxing match in the remote Indonesian province of Papua.

The fighting was sparked by a dispute over scoring for the match.

It prompted 1,500 spectators to try to flee the stadium in Nabire city in the country's resource-rich, eastern-most province, said deputy national police spokesman Agus Rianto.

Media reports said the stadium had only two working exits.

"There were military and police personnel present in the stadium, but with so many people panicking ... the situation quickly got out of control," Mr Rianto said.

Most of the dead were women. Among the injured were 17 men, 13 women and nine children.

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