Kanjuruhan Tragedy: 125 Supporters and 2 Police Killed, Starting from Tear Gas Shots

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Malang, Suarajatim.com - The death toll from the rioting of Arema FC supporters at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, reached 127 people. Of all the victims who died, two of them were police officers on duty.

East Java Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta held a press conference at the Malang Police, Sunday (2/10/2022), confirming, "This incident has claimed the lives of 127 people, two of whom are members of the National Police," he said.

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"Total of 125 people who died were Arema FC supporters. 34 of them died during the incident in the stadium and the others died in hospital," continued Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta.

In addition, Nico said there were 13 damaged cars. The cars belonged to the National Police service, patrol cars, K9 cars, and several private cars.

The trigger for the riot started when Arema fans stormed the field after their team lost against Persebaya. The large number of supporters who rushed to storm the field were chased away by the police by firing tear gas.

Apart from firing tear gas at the crowd on the pitch, it was also fired at the stands, causing the fans to panic, run and be trampled on.(*)