16 Jul 2013

17 crushed in chaos following boxing match in Papua

6:12 am on 16 July 2013

At least 17 people have been killed - most of them women - in a stampede at a boxing match in Indonesia's Papua province.

Reports say many more others were hurt in the stampede.

Papua police spokesman Gede Sumerta Jaya says the match took place on Sunday night in Nabire town.

He says the stampede occurred as supporters of the boxer who lost started rioting.

They started throwing chairs at the winner's supporters, causing people to panic and flee the stadium.

Media reports say there were more than 1,000 people in the arena even though its official capacity was only around 800 people.

Thirteen people are being questioned for their part in organising the event, but so far no one has been named a suspect.

Reports say only two of the five stadium gates were functional during the match.