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At least 127 killed in riots at soccer match in Indonesia

At least 127 people have died and 180 people have been injured after fans stormed the field after a soccer match in Malang, Indonesia.

"In the incident, 127 people were killed, including two policemen. 34 people died inside the stadium and the rest in hospital," East Java province police chief Nico Afinta said.

Arema FC supporters stormed the pitch at Karnjurhan Stadium in the eastern city of Malang after their team lost 3-2 to Persebaya Surabaya, the first loss to arch-rivals in more than two decades.

Police tried to persuade fans to return to the stands and fired tear gas after two police officers were killed. Many of the victims were trampled to death.

Afinta pointed out that the fans "at one point went to the exit. There was a congestion and in the process of accumulation they were left without air."

The Indonesian government apologized for the incident and promised to investigate the circumstances of the stampede.

"We regret this incident (…) It is a regrettable incident that 'injures' our football at a time when fans can go to the stadium to watch football matches," Indonesian Minister of Sport and Youth Zainudin Amali told reporters. the Kompas network.

"We rigorously evaluate the organization of the match and the presence of fans. Will we again ban the presence of fans in matches? That is what we will discuss," he added.

With information from AFP and Reuters

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