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Indonesia probes stadium stampede killing 125 people

A man escorts another who is carrying a child into safety while from the venue. Photo: Twitter

Indonesia on Monday has set up a team to investigate a stampede at a soccer stadium that killed 125 people, including 32 children, as the country’s human rights commission questions the police use of tear gas.

Reuters reports that the panicking spectators were crushed as they attempted to flee the overcrowded stadium in Malang, East Java, on Saturday, after police used tear gas to disperse fans from the losing home team who ran onto the pitch at the end of the domestic league March.

Nahar, an official at the women’s empowerment and child protection ministry, confirmed to the press that at least 32 of the victims were children between 3 and 17 years.

Indonesia’s chief security minister Mahfud MD said the independent fact-finding team, includes academics, soccer experts and government officials, to probe what happened.

The government will provide $3,268 in compensation to each of victims’ families, while hundreds more who were injured will be treated for free, he added.

Writing by Muzha Kucha