Nine people have been confirmed dead on Saturday while many where also injured in a stampede at an El Salvador stadium where soccer fans had gathered to watch a local tournament, local authorities said.
The stampede started when some crush of fans tried to enter the stadium in the Central American country’s capital San Salvador to watch a match between teams Alianza and FAS.
The match was suspended as emergency personnel evacuated people from the stadium, where hundreds of police officers and soldiers gathered as ambulance sirens wailed.
According to El Salvador National Civil Police on Twitter, the number of deaths after the stampede at the Cuscatlan Stadium amounts to nine.
The security agency also noted that “several” injured people, including at least two in critical condition, were being taken to nearby hospitals.
The tragedy comes seven months after 135 people including more than 40 children died in a stampede following a football match in Malang, Indonesia.