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Fan stampede at Honduras football match kills four people, unborn fetus

Members of the Red Cross assist an injured fan after the stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa.
Members of the Red Cross assist an injured fan after the stampede at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa.

Officials in Honduras say thousands of football fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled on Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.

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