Officials: Dozens killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

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Officials: Dozens killed in Egyptian soccer match riot
A riot outside a major football match in Egypt has killed at least 25 people, authorities have said.
Soccer fans hold lit flares at the stand as they watch a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. A riot broke out Sunday night outside of the major soccer game, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 22 people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk newspaper) EGYPT OUT
A pickup truck bursts into flames as a riot breaks out outside of a soccer match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The riot broke out Sunday night outside of the major soccer game, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 22 people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk newspaper) EGYPT OUT
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire on a truck as a riot broke out outside of a major soccer match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The riot broke out between the Egypt security forces and Zamalek fans outside of the major soccer game at the stadium, violence that killed at least 20 people, security officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk newspaper) EGYPT OUT
Fans of Egypt's Zamalek soccer team flock in droves outside the Air Defense Stadium to watch a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. A riot broke out between the Egypt security forces and Zamalek fans outside of the major soccer game at the stadium, violence that killed at least 20 people, security officials said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk newspaper) EGYPT OUT
An Egyptian man wearing a mask of the anonymous movement gestures near a burning car outside a sports stadium in a Cairo's northeast district, on February 8, 2015 during clashes between supporters of Zamalek football club and security forces. Three people were killed and 20 injured, the health ministry said. The clashes erupted after fans tried to force their way into the venue to watch a game, the ministry said. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 photo, an Egyptian looks at a vehicle lit on fire during a riot outside the Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
An Ultras Al-Ahly soccer fan, left, and an Ultras White Knights soccer fan, right, pray for people who were killed on Sunday from a riot outside the Air Defense Stadium, at Cairo University in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
An Ultras White Knights soccer fan, mourns over his friends who were killed in a riot on Sunday, outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Egyptian friends and relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy))
Egyptian friends and relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Egyptian relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Egyptian friends and relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 photo, an Ultras White Knights soccer fan cries during a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at the Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
Students chant slogans, during a demonstration against Sunday's riot that killed more than 20 soccer fans, in Cairo University, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
Egyptian friends and relatives of soccer fans who were killed in a riot on Sunday, wait outside Zeinhom morgue, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Egyptian students, pray for people who were killed on Sunday from a riot outside the Air Defense Stadium, at Cairo University in Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
Students chant slogans, during a demonstration against Sunday's riot that killed more than 20 soccer fans, in Cairo University, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. Arabic on the poster at center reads, "the Ultras are not thugs, down with your injustice interior ministry." (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
Students chant slogans, during a demonstration against Sunday's riot that killed more than 20 soccer fans, in Cairo University, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. Arabic on the poster at center reads, "the Ultras are not thugs, down with your injustice interior ministry." (AP Photo/Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 photo, Egyptians watch a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at the Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 photo, Ultras White Knights soccer fans watch a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at the Air Defense Stadium in a suburb east of Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Cabinet has indefinitely suspended the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the Cairo stadium. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Gwad, El Shorouk Newspaper) EGYPT OUT
CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: A man walks past a burning vehicle during the clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside the Air Force Stadium ahead of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, Egypt on February 08, 2015. (Photo by Ahmed El-Masry/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: Egyptian firefighters try to extinguish a fire on a vehicle during the clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside the Air Force Stadium ahead of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, Egypt on February 08, 2015. (Photo by Ahmed El-Masry/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: Relatives of people, died in the clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside the Air Force Stadium ahead of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, waiting outside of Zeinhom mortuary in Cairo, Egypt on February 08, 2015. At least 22 people died on February 08 in violence outside the stadium near Cairo before a local football match. (Photo by Ahmed Hendawy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: Relatives of people, died in the clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside the Air Force Stadium ahead of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, waiting outside of Zeinhom mortuary in Cairo, Egypt on February 08, 2015. At least 22 people died on February 08 in violence outside the stadium near Cairo before a local football match. (Photo by Ahmed Hendawy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - FEBRUARY 08: Relatives of people, died in the clashes between soccer fans and policemen outside the Air Force Stadium ahead of the Egyptian Premier League soccer match between Zamalek and ENPPI in Cairo, waiting outside of Zeinhom mortuary in Cairo, Egypt on February 08, 2015. At least 22 people died on February 08 in violence outside the stadium near Cairo before a local football match. (Photo by Ahmed Hendawy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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CAIRO (AP) -- A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of violent protests pitting the country's hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil.

Two security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the violence killed at least 25 people.

Egypt's public prosecutor issued a statement ordering an investigation. After convening an emergency meeting to discuss the violence, the Cabinet announced that it was postponing upcoming soccer matches until further notice, Egypt's state television said.

What caused the violence wasn't immediately clear. Security officials said Zamalek fans tried to force their way into the match without tickets, sparking clashes. Fans have only recently been allowed back at matches and the Interior Ministry planned to let only 10,000 fans into the stadium, which has a capacity of about 30,000, the officials said.

Zamalek fans, known as "White Knights," posted on their group's official Facebook page that the violence began because authorities only opened one narrow, barbed-wire door to let them in. They said that sparked pushing and shoving that later saw police officers fire tear gas and birdshot.

A fan who tried to attend the game, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity out of fear of being targeted by police, said that the stampede was caused by police who fired tear gas at the tightly packed crowd.

"Those who fell down could not get back up again," the man said.

The Zamalek fan group later posted pictures on Facebook it claimed were of dead fans, including the names of 22 people it said had been killed. The AP could not immediately verify the images.

Egypt's hard-core soccer fans, known as Ultras, frequently clash with police inside and outside of stadiums. They are deeply politicized and many participated in the country's 2011 uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak. Many consider them as one of the most organized movements in Egypt after the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later outlawed as a terrorist organization following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The violence comes as police face increasing scrutiny following the shooting death of a female protester in Cairo and the arrest of protesters under a law heavily restricting demonstrations. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pledged to bring stability to Egypt amid bombings and attacks by Islamic militants, but also has said Egypt's emergency situation meant that some violations of human rights were inevitable, if regrettable.

The deadliest riot in Egypt soccer history came during a 2012 match when Port Said's Al-Masry team hosted Cairo's Al-Ahly. That riot, at the time the deadliest worldwide since 1996, killed 74 people, mostly Al-Ahly fans.

Two police officers later received 15-year prison sentences for gross negligence and failure to stop the Port Said killings, a rare incident of security officials being held responsible for deaths in the country. Seven other officers were acquitted, angering soccer fans who wanted more police officers to be held accountable for the incident and other episodes of violence.

In response, angry fans burned down the headquarters of Egypt's Football Association, also protesting its decision to resume matches before bringing those behind that 2012 riot to justice. They've also protested and fought officers outside of the country's Interior Ministry, which oversees police in the country.

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