A ‘TRAGEDY BEYOND COMPREHENSION’
Jakarta: At least 125 people were killed and 323 people sustained injuries at a football stadium in Indonesia after fans invaded the pitch, causing a stampede, forcing cops to respond with tear gas in East Java province. A clash broke out between supporters of Javanese clubs Arema and Persebaya Surabaya after the former were defeated at the match in Malang Regency, East Java. East Java Deputy Governor Emil Dardak said data cross-checked from 10 hospitals in the area showed there were 125 fatalities. Earlier officials had put figure as high as 174. The police had to resort to firing tear gas shells as they tried to persuade the fans to return to the stands in which two cops were killed. “The Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 has suspended games for a week following the match that Persebaya won 3-2 and probe on,” the Football Assn of Indonesia said.