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17 children among those killed in Indonesian football stampede

Police and sports officials are being sent to Malang city to investigate one of the world’s deadliest stadium disasters.

Police and sports officials are being sent to Malang city to investigate one of the world’s deadliest stadium disasters.

at least seventeen of them were children 125 killed in football stampede Over the weekend in Indonesia, officials said, as pressure mounts on the Southeast Asian nation to explain how one of the world’s worst stadium disasters unfolded.

Violence and hooliganism have long characterized Indonesian football, particularly in places like Jakarta, the capital, but Saturday’s disaster in a small town in Java has highlighted the problem.

“My family and I didn’t think it would turn out like this,” said Endah Wahyuni, the older sister of two boys, Ahmed Kahyo (15) and Muhammad Farel (14), who were killed after being caught in the scuffle.

“They loved football but never saw Arma live at Kanjuruhan Stadium, this was their first time,” she added at her brothers’ funeral on Sunday, in which she supported the home side.

The state news agency said that the boys were among the 17 children killed. AntaraQuoting data from the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.

“Seventeen children died and seven were treated, but there is a possibility that this may increase,” said Nahar, a ministry official.

Indonesian Daily Quran Tempo Monday ran a black front page, centered on the words “our football tragedy,” printed in red alongside a list of the dead.

Saturday’s deadly crush came as panicked spectators tried to flee the stadium after police fired tear gas to disperse home team fans who ran to the pitch at the end of the match.

Home side Arema FC Persabaya lost 3–2 to Surabaya, although officials said tickets were not issued to Persebaya fans due to security concerns.

World football’s governing body FIFA said the incident was “a dark day for all involved”, which has sought a report on the incident from Indonesian football authorities.

Its safety regulations state that firearms or “crowd control gas” must be used in matches.

Police and sports officials are being sent to Malang city to investigate one of the world’s deadliest stadium disasters.

Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Monday, “Those responsible for this disaster must be held accountable, regardless of their condition or condition.”

“It is not enough for the National Police and the Football Association of Indonesia to conduct their own investigation as they may be tempted to reduce or reduce full accountability for the officials involved,” he said in a statement.

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