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At least 12 killed following stampede at football stadium in Madagascar

 Madagascar Prime Minister Christian Ntsay stands outside the morgue in Antananarivo  (AFP via Getty Images)
Madagascar Prime Minister Christian Ntsay stands outside the morgue in Antananarivo (AFP via Getty Images)

At least 12 people were killed and around 80 injured after a stampede at a football stadium in Madagascar.

Prime Minister Christian Ntsay said 11 of the injured are in critical condition following the incident at the opening ceremony of the Indian Ocean Island Games in Antananarivo on Friday.

"An unfortunate event happened. There was a stampede at the entrance. There were a lot of injuries. We will observe a few seconds of silence because compatriots have died when they wanted to enter," President Andry Rajoelina told the crowd in the stadium.

Videos shared on social media showed Red Cross workers caring for dozens of injured people next to the athletics track.

This videograb shows people outside the HJRA (Hopital Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona) public hospital emergency building (AFP via Getty Images)
This videograb shows people outside the HJRA (Hopital Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona) public hospital emergency building (AFP via Getty Images)

After the silence, the ceremony continued with a laser show and fireworks.

The Indian Ocean Island Games were created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977, and include athletes from Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, Reunion and the Maldives.

At least 15 people were killed in a similar incident at the Mahamasina stadium in 2019.

A police officer is in critical condition after being hit by a train while trying to rescue a distressed man on the tracks.