Jakarta [Indonesia]: The death toll rose to 174 after a riot at a football match in Indonesia broke out on Saturday.
At least 174 people have been killed after a riot at a football match in Indonesia. The violence broke out at a stadium in East Java during a game between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya, reported The Straits Times.
At least 174 people died in the stampede, Deputy East Java Governor Emil Dardak told local media on Sunday afternoon. Other official or government-backed sources put the number between 129 and 182.
The soccer match took place inside the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, a landlocked city in the Indonesian province of East Java.
The defeat of Arema Football club by their arch-rivals Persebaya on their home ground prompted a large number of their supporters to storm the pitch, following which mass riots broke out, killing more than 100 football fans and two police officers on the scene, the Daily Star reported.
Numerous footage that circulated on social media showed fans climbing over fences as they tried to escape from the smoke clouds after tear gas was released at the incident site in order to disperse the masses.
Notably, after the chaos ended on the soccer ground, the stampede continued on the streets, the Daily Star reported. (ANI)