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At least 150 injured in stampede after soccer game

By the CNN Wire Staff
A government official believes bottle-throwing sparked the stampede.
A government official believes bottle-throwing sparked the stampede.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bottle-throwing sparked the incident, government spokesman says
  • At least 25 of the injured were police and security officers, he says
  • Stampede crushed people against a fence that then broke, he says

(CNN) -- Jordan is launching an investigation into a stampede after a soccer game that left dozens of people injured Friday night, a government spokesman said.

Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said the incident occurred after at game at Amman's King Abdallah Stadium.

At least 150 people were injured, and 11 were admitted into various hospitals for treatment, Safadi said. At least 25 of those injured were police and security officers. Three police cars, 8 civil defense cars and other private cars were damaged in the melee.

Safadi said that the incident began when some of the crowd in the upper seating level began throwing bottles at fans of the losing team, who are required by regulations to leave the stadium first to avoid interaction with fans of the other team. Police officers tried to intercede, but a crush of people pushed fans against a fence that eventually broke from the pressure.