African Cup of Nations: At least six people dead in stampede outside football game in Cameroon | World News

At least six people were killed in a stampede outside an African Cup of Nations football game in Cameroon, officials have said.

The stampede happened as crowds struggled to get access to Olembe Stadium in the capital of Yaounde to watch the host country play Comoros in a last 16 knockout game in the tournament.

A regional governor, Naseri Paul Biya, said there could be more casualties, as a hospital in the area said at least 40 had been injured in the stampede.

“Some of the injured are in desperate condition,” said Olinga Prudence, a nurse.

“We will have to evacuate them to a specialised hospital.”

Officials said about 50,000 people had tried to attend the match.

The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 but it was not meant to be more than 80% full due to COVID restrictions.

Cameroon won the game 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

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