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Stampede kills 3 at Liberian qualifier

Published Apr 24, 2000

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Monrovia - Three soccer fans died on Sunday after a crowd surge at Liberia's main soccer stadium where the national side secured a place in the next round of the African qualifying group for the 2002 World Cup, officials said.

One person died jumping from a fence to escape the crush. The others were pronounced dead on arrival in hospital, where they had been taken after being crushed and asphyxiated, one official said.

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Witnesses said that the match, in which Liberia drew 0-0 with Chad, continued during the incident. Liberia qualified 1-0 on aggregate after winning the first leg of the African zone first round qualifier.

The Samuel K Doe stadium in the capital Monrovia appeared to be packed well beyond its 35 000 capacity, witnesses and officials said. - Reuters

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