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Congo Probes Witchcraft Stampede Deaths

13 killed after accusations of sorcery provoke fighting, panic
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Congo Probes Witchcraft Stampede Deaths
13 were killed in a stampede in the Congolese city of Butembo following unrest at a soccer game.   (Getty Images (by Event) Individuals)

(Newser) – Accusations of witchcraft led to a deadly stampede at a soccer game in the Congo, the BBC reports. Fighting broke out between rival teams after players from one team accused the rival team's goalkeeper of casting spells. Police intervened but were pelted with rocks by the crowd. They fired tear gas in response, and 13 were suffocated in a crush at the stadium exit. The Congolese government plans an investigation.
(Read more Democratic Republic of Congo stories.)

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