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Indonesia Soccer Stampede Kills 131 as Use of Tear Gas Queried

  • President calls off league games until security is improved
  • Police fired tear gas amid riot, causing stampede in stadium
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At least 131 people died after police fired tear gas to dispel rioters at a soccer match in Indonesia, triggering a stampede as fans panicked and ending in one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

Questions are being raised over local police’s actions and organizers’ handling of the match. Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered the temporary suspension of the local football league’s matches until a thorough investigation is concluded and security procedures are improved.