Boxing Match Stampede Kills 17

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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At least 17 people were killed and 39 were injured in a stampede after a Sunday night boxing boxing match in Indonesia. According to Papua police, it all started during a dispute about who won the match when the crowd began throwing chairs at the victor’s fans.

Contenders in the 128-pound division Alvius Rumkoren and Yulianus Pigome are from different tribes. When the fight was called in favor of Rumkoren, Pigome supporters protested and a riot broke out just before midnight on Sunday.

Panic ensued and the crowd of about 1,500 people tried to flee the Kota Lama Sport Stadium, deputy national police spokesman Agus Rianto told Reuters.

"There were military and police personnel present in the stadium, but with so many people panicking ... the situation quickly got out of control," Rianto said.

The official capacity of the Nabire city stadium is only about 500 to 600 people. There were only two of five exits in the stadium that worked.

While many more were injured and most of the 17 spectators killed were women.

There have been no arrests in the incident, but 13 people involved in organizing the event are being questioned by police.

July 9 kicked off the Bupati (Regent) Cup Championships in Nabire, according to the Associated Press. So far 84 boxers have competed in the event.

Sources: AP, Reuters