African stadium stampede kills two
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar -- Two children died Monday from injuries during a stampede at an overcrowded soccer stadium.
Another 45 people were injured at Sunday's game between South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs and Madagascar's USJF Ravinala. When officials tried to close the doors, hundreds of fans waiting outside tried to force their way into the 20,000-capacity stadium.
Most of the injuries were not serious, staff at Antananarivo's Ravohongy hospital said. The ages of the children who died were not known.
The game continued despite the violence, with the South African team winning 1-0.
This was the latest instance in Africa of a deadly stampede at an overcrowded stadium.
In 2001, 123 people died in Accra, Ghana, after police fired tear gas into the stands in response to fans who threw bottles and chairs on the field. That same year, 43 people were killed and 155 injured in Johannesburg, South Africa, when fans tried to push their way into a stadium.
In 2004, four people were killed and eight others injured during a stampede at the end of a World Cup qualifying game in Lome, Togo.