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Over 100 killed in Indonesian stadium riots (+ videos)

It was reported on social media that the victims included women and children.

In Indonesia’s first league match this Saturday, football club Arema FC faced off against Persebaya Surabaya, a 2-3 win that left more than a hundred dead and a similar number injured.

The events took place at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang Regency (East Java Province).

As the referee blew the final whistle, the situation boiled over as thousands of Arema FC fans poured onto the pitch. Fans hurled incendiary and other objects, forcing police officers to resort to tear gas, according to the local Antara Jatim agency.

Although Malang police have yet to comment on the number of victims, local network tvOne has put the death toll at more than 120, including police officers and children.

“More than 120 people died, they died of confusion, pushing, trampling and suffocation,” said Viantho Vijoyo, head of the Malang District Health Office. In the absence of official confirmation, the number of injured may exceed a hundred.

Footage circulating online shows several people, including at least one child, lying on the ground and apparently unconscious.

In addition to the material damage recorded in the stadium facilities, a police car was set on fire while another was heavily damaged by broken glass and overturned on its side.

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The Indonesian Football Association, which did not give a death toll, apologized to the victims’ families and launched an investigation.

Currently, they have banned Arema FC from playing the rest of the championship matches. Other league games have been suspended for a week.

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