The world football association FIFA has expressed its “deepest condolences” to the families and relatives of the people who lost their lives in the tragedy on the fringes of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
“In these difficult hours,” football unites “in prayer” and our thoughts are with the victims and injured, it said in a statement.
At least eight people were killed in a stampede at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé before the round of 16 between hosts Cameroon and Comoros. According to the government, 38 people were injured in the accident on Monday evening, seven of them seriously. President Paul Biya ordered an investigation into the accident.
According to the Ministry of Health, one child, two women and four men were among the dead. Another body could not be identified because it was taken away by relatives. The ministry said the injured were taken away “immediately” in ambulances, but traffic jams on the roads hampered the rescue operation. A baby was among the injured, but the injuries were not life-threatening.