At least six dead in a stampede in a Cameroonian stadium, according to the public television channel

At least six fans died in a stampede at the Olembe stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon on Monday ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match against Comoros, the Central African nation’s national broadcaster reported. He said dozens more were injured.

Footage shared on social media, which Reuters could not immediately authenticate, showed screaming fans crushed at a front door. Continental football’s governing body CAF said in a statement it was aware of an incident at the stadium.

“CAF is currently investigating the situation and trying to get more details about what happened. We are in constant communication with the Cameroonian government and the local organizing committee,” he said. After low turnout in first-round matches in brand new stadiums built for the continent’s first men’s football tournament, Cameroonian authorities opened stadium gates, organized public transport and distributed free tickets to attract the fans.

Cameroon beat Comoros to 10 players -nations- idUKL1N2U42H9 Islands 2-1 in the match to qualify for the quarter-finals.

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