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Egypt police arrest 21 soccer fans following deadly stampede

Egyptian prosecutor: Police arrest 21 soccer fans in wake of deadly stampede

In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 photo, soccer fans hold up their tickets to enter a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at the ...
An Ultras Al-Ahly soccer fan, left, and an Ultras White Knights soccer fan, right, pray for people who were killed on Sunday from a riot outside the A...
Egyptian friends and relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015....

Mideast Egypt Soccer Riot

In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 photo, soccer fans hold up their tickets to enter a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at the ...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Soccer Riot

An Ultras Al-Ahly soccer fan, left, and an Ultras White Knights soccer fan, right, pray for people who were killed on Sunday from a riot outside the A...

Mideast Egypt Soccer Riot

Egyptian friends and relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015....

CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian prosecutor says the police have arrested 21 soccer fans in the wake of a deadly stampede at a Cairo soccer stadium, and accused them of attacking policemen and damaging police cars.

Prosecutor Mohammed Seif said on Tuesday that the 21 fans are in custody, though no formal charges have been raised so far.

The stampede erupted on Sunday night after police fired tear gas at hundreds of fans waiting in a fenced, narrow corridor to enter a military stadium in eastern Cairo for a key league game. Twenty-two people were killed in the mayhem.

Authorities said the victims died of suffocation from tear gas or from being crushed.

The fans burned one police vehicle. The police accused the fans of trying to storm the stadium, which they deny.


Updated : 2021-09-24 00:10 GMT+08:00