In a decision last March 29, the Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division found former QC Building Official Alfredo Macapugay and Electrical Division chief Romeo Montallana guilty of three counts of graft for allowing the hotel to operate without the necessary permits.
2000 - 2005
Sangju City Stadium crowd incident 03/10/2005
SANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Thousands of people stampeded at a holiday music concert in South Korea on Monday, killing 11 and injuring 76 others, rescue officials said.
More than 5,000 surged to enter one of the gates at a stadium in the southern city of Sangju, and those waiting at the front fell and were crushed, the organiser of the concert, the broadcaster MBC, said in a news report.
Beni Suef Egypt theater fire 05/09/2005
Fire broke out in an Egyptian theater during a crowded play performance late Monday, causing audience members to flee in panic, officials said. At least 29 people were killed, some from the flames and some in the stampede.
The fire erupted about 11:45 p.m. in a theater in Beni Suef, a city on the Nile River about 70 miles south of Cairo, a police official said.
“It was like being inside a barbecue grill. Everyone was burning,” said Mohammed Arafat Yassin, who was recovering at Beni Suef Hospital.
The fire was caused by a candle used during the performance that fell, igniting the stage and props, the official Middle East News Agency said.
At least 37 people were reportedly injured, including 14 members of the theatrical troupe. Most were treated for burns on 30% to 90% of their bodies, a hospital official said.
“All the people rushed to the exit and struggled to get out,” said Adel Hassan, the play’s producer, who was being treated at the hospital for burns to his face and arms. “But the fire spread very rapidly, and many of them just couldn’t get out in time.”
Al-Aaimmah bridge crowd incident 31/08/2005
At the time of the stampede, around one million pilgrims had gathered around or were marching toward Al Kadhimiya Mosque, which is the shrine of the Shi’ite Imam Musa al-Kazim. Tensions had been high within the crowd. Earlier in the day, seven people had been killed and dozens more wounded in a mortar attack upon the assembled crowd for which an Al-Qaeda linked insurgent group claimed responsibility. Near the shrine, rumors of an imminent suicide bomb attack broke out, panicking many pilgrims. Interior Minister Bayan Baqir Solagh said that one person “pointed a finger at another person saying that he was carrying explosives…and that led to the panic”. The man was presumed to be wearing a suicide explosive belt on the bridge.
The panicked crowd flocked to the bridge, which had been closed. Somehow, the gate at their end of the bridge opened, and the pilgrims rushed through. Some people fell onto the concrete base and died instantly. The ensuing crush of people caused many to suffocate. The pressure of the crowd caused the bridge’s iron railings to give way, dropping hundreds of people 9 m (30 feet) into the Tigris river. There was nowhere on the bridge for the people to go, as the other end of the bridge remained closed, and was impossible to open anyway, as it opened inward.
Owing to the nature of the incident many of those who died were those who could be considered physically weakest, such as the elderly, women and children.
Bangla crowd incident 06/04/2005
At least six Hindu devotees were killed in a stampede during birth anniversary celebrations of saint Hary Chand Thakur in south-western Bangladesh on Wednesday, officials said.
Over 50 people were injured in the stampede.
The stampede occurred as thousands of pilgrims gathered in Kasiani of Gopalganj district, about 200 km southwest of Dhaka, to take the holy dip.
Azadi stadium crowd incident 26/03/2005
Tehran, March 26, IRNA-Five people were trampled to death and 40 others were wounded in a crush of spectators after Iran-Japan World Cup qualifier on Friday evening. The crush happened when tens of thousands of soccer fans were leaving the stadium after the game ended.
Deputy Head of Iran’s Football Federation H. Alipour said that a headquarters is due to be established to follow up the case of wounded people.
Members of the family of one of the victims who lost their lives at Azadi Sport Complex on Friday evening called for prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for the event.
The Iran-Japan World Cup qualifier football match ended 2-1 in favor of Iran’s national side.
Madagascar stadium crown incident 05/03/2005
Two children attending a soccer game in Madagascar’s capital died Monday from injuries suffered during a stampede at an overcrowded stadium.
Forty-five people were injured when officials tried to close the doors to the match between a team from South Africa and a team from Madagascar on Sunday.
Hundreds of fans waiting outside tried to force their way into the 20,000 capacity stadium.
The game continued despite the violence, which was the latest incidence of a deadly stampede at an overcrowded stadium in Africa.
Last year, four people were killed and eight others injured during a stampede at the end of a World Cup qualifying game in Lome, Togo.
In 2001, 123 people died in a stampede in Accra, Ghana, when police fired tear gas into the stands to try to control unruly fans.
Also in 2001, 43 people were killed and 155 injured in Johannesburg, South Africa, when fans tried to push their way into a stadium.
Film Festival crowd incident 27/02/2005
The opening of the pan-African film festival Fespaco has been marred by the deaths of two people in a crush. Witnesses said as stadium gates were opened in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkino Faso, there was almost a stampede towards the more shaded areas
Tel Aviv discotheque terror attack 25/02/2005
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a crowded nightclub in Tel Aviv late Friday, police said, killing at least four bystanders and shattering a fragile, unofficial truce that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had hoped would mark the end of four years of deadly conflict.
Police said the bomber detonated his device in a crowd of young people waiting to enter the Stage nightclub on the city’s popular Mediterranean beachfront promenade, about 600 yards south of the U.S. Embassy. More than 50 people were injured in the explosion, many seriously, police said.
Mandher Devi temple crowd incident 25/01/2005
The Mandher Devi temple stampede occurred on Tuesday, 25 January 2005 at Mandher Devi temple near Wai in Satara district in Indian state of Maharashtra. The stampede broke out as 300,000 people converged on the Mandher Devi temple to undertake the annual pilgrimage on the full moon day of Shakambhari Purnima, in January and for participation in a 24-hour-long festival that includes ritual animal sacrifices to the goddess. Festivities also include the devotees breaking coconuts at Mangirbaba temple near the entrance and dancing with the Goddess Kalubai’s idol held high.
REPÚBLICA CROMAÑÓN FIRE 30/12/2004
Emergency exits at a nightclub packed with teenagers were padlocked or wired shut when a flare ignited the foam ceiling, sparking a blaze that killed 175 people and injured more than 700 in one of Argentina’s worst disasters, survivors and officials said Friday.
Some 4,000 fans at a Thursday night concert by the band Los Callejeros fought to reach the exits as burning debris fell on them. But they found at least four escape routes locked in an apparent effort to prevent people from entering the club without paying, Buenos Aires Mayor Anibal Ibarra said.
Amsterdam rave fire 14/11/2004
A blaze at an all-night rave in an Amsterdam warehouse killed one and injured six today,
the Amsterdam Fire Brigade said.
The fire broke out between 7 and 8 a.m. when several hundred party-goers were still inside the building at an industrial estate occupied by squatters.
“The firemen found one deceased victim inside. Six have been taken to hospital with severe burns as well as breathing problems,” said Fire Brigade spokesman Mr Kees Jongh.
He had no further details on the victims or how the fire started. A thick column of smoke could be seen from many parts of Amsterdam. Fire fighters were at the scene with 15 fire engines and other vehicles and still trying to control the blaze by mid-morning, Mr Jongh said.
Raves are popular in Netherlands, often filling an entire stadium with over 10,000 party-goers attending.
Ikea Saudi Arabia crowd incident 02/09/2004
Three men were killed and 16 injured in a stampede when thousands of people rushed to claim cash vouchers at the opening of an IKEA furniture showroom at its new location near the intersection of Tahlia and Sitteen streets here yesterday.
Many men, women and children fainted and some of them were trampled upon as the crowd of shoppers swelled just before the opening. The Red Crescent rushed some of the victims to the nearby King Fahd Hospital.
The hospital received 19 stampede victims, of whom three died.
The hospital had rushed two teams each of two doctors and two nurses to the site as soon as it received an emergency call, said Dr. Sami Badawud, a senior doctor.
Ladies First nightclub Guarulhos balcony collapse 29/08/2004
An overcrowded balcony collapsed early Sunday inside a popular Sao Paulo nightclub, killing six people and injuring at least 117, police said.
The interior balcony at the Ladies First nightclub in the Guarulhos neighborhood buckled under the weight of patrons shortly before 2 a.m., crushing people below.
“The balcony had many more people than the structure of the place would support,” said municipal guard Luciano da Zaparoli.
La Barra Cervecera terror attack 21/05/2004
Bogotá. (EFE) .- At least five people died and another 93 were wounded last night in the explosion of a suitcase-bomb, which alleged FARC rebels left at a disco in the Colombian banana zone of Urabá, authorities reported. The device exploded at around 10:00 pm local time on Saturday (03:00 GMT on Sunday) in a busy establishment in the nightlife area of Apartadó, a population about 800 kilometers northwest of Bogotá.
Dynamo stadium terror attack 09/05/2004
There had been confusion over the condition of both Mr Kadyrov and General Valery Baranov but Russian president, Mr Vladimir Putin, confirmed Mr Kadyrov did indeed perish in the blast.
There can be no doubt that retribution is unavoidable for those whom we are fighting today
Russian President Vladimir Putin
“There can be no doubt that retribution is unavoidable for those whom we are fighting today. It will be unavoidable for terrorists,” Mr Putin told war veterans whom he met as part of celebrations to mark the Soviet Union’s 1945 victory over Nazi Germany.
Indonesia, Sheila concert second crowd incident, 23/02/2004
Four people have been killed and dozens injured in a stampede during a rock concert in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province on Monday night, a report says.
The stampede happened as thousands of mostly young fans jostled to get out of a soccer stadium in the city of Banjarmasin at the end of the performance by a local rock group called Sheila on 7, the official Antara news agency said.
Moscow market roof collapse 14/02/2004
At least 40 people were killed today when the snow-covered roof of a Moscow market collapsed, making it the third tragedy of its kind in Europe this winter.
Associated Press reported that 40 people had died and at least 29 were injured after the roof of the 30-year-old building collapsed at about 4.50am local time (0150 GMT) under the weight of the snow.
The accident occurred as vendors were preparing their stalls at the start of a national holiday to mark Defenders of the Motherland Day, Reuters reported.
Beijing Lantern Festival crowd incident 05/02/2004
Crowd crush occurred at a stone-throwing ritual that has been the source of deadly trampling in the past.
Jamarat Bridge Saudi Arabia crowd incident 25/01/2004
A stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has left at least 244 people dead, the largest number killed at the event since 1997.
The Hajj minister, Iyad Madani, said a comparable number of pilgrims were injured during the 27-minute stampede.
The disaster happened on Sunday as pilgrims flocked to the Jamarat Bridge in Mina, near Mecca, to hurl stones at pillars representing the devil
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple fire 23/01/2004
MADRAS, India — An apparent electrical short circuit ignited a fire Friday in a marriage hall in southern India, killing 45 people — including the groom — and injuring about 60 people, officials said. The bride was among the injured.
Some of the victims were burned in the flames, while others were crushed in a stampede down a narrow staircase, the officials said.
“Forty-five bodies have been recovered from the marriage hall,” said K. Manivasan, the top administrator for Tiruchi district in southern Tamil Nadu state, where the fire broke out at 8:45 a.m.
Nashik Kumbh crowd incident 26/008/2003
At least 39 worshippers, including 26 women, died after fellow devotees trampled upon them at the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Nashik, the police said.
The stampede occurred around 1.30 this afternoon when the rush of people on a warren of narrow streets caused the barricades at a gully near the Kalaram temple to give way.
All victims were brought dead to hospitals, officials said from Nashik. Rescue operations were affected due to the rush of people on the narrow roads that made movement of ambulance and police vehicles difficult.
Krylya rock festival Moscow terror attack 05/07/2003
Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov blamed the attacks on Chechen separatists, saying a Chechen passport had been found on one of the bombers.
Balcony collapse Chicago 29/06/2003
A balcony crammed with partygoers has collapsed in Chicago, sending bodies and splintered wood plummeting three storeys into a tangled mass that has killed 12 and injured dozens.
“There was chaos. People were screaming and crying in the alley,” Chicago Fire Commissioner James Joyce said.
Some witnesses reported hearing a creaking sound as the overloaded top floor of the wooden structure gave way, crushing people on lower floors and trapping them at the basement level.
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert electrocution 06/06/2003
A 26-year-old man was electrocuted Friday night while walking barefoot at a show by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg in Charlotte, North Carolina.
UNC Charlotte college student Ashley Faris of Waxhaw, North Carolina, died on the scene after he stepped onto a wet, lighted concrete stairway with metal edging at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Friday night, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesperson Keith Bridges. The department’s investigation is so far classifying the incident as a “public accident.”
Brazil Raimundos crowd incident 06/2003
Three people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed and nearly 40 injured in a stampede triggered by autograph hunters at a Brazilian shopping centre.
Panic broke out among fans during a session of autograph signing by a Mexican pop group in Sao Paulo. The 39 people reported injured included two who remained in a critical condition on Sunday.
The stampede broke out among fans waiting for autographs from youth group RBD in a car park of the shopping centre.
Benin concert crowd incident 03/05/2003
At least 13 people died in a stadium stampede shortly before a concert by a popular Congolese singer in Benin’s main city Cotonou, police sources and medical officials said.
“When the gates opened, there was a rush to get in. The terraces quickly filled up, but more people kept coming. That’s when the tragedy happened,” said a ticket salesman at the stadium who only gave his name as Max.
Several spectators fainted, others were crushed by the crowd and suffocated to death.
E2 Nightclub Chicago crowd incident 17/02/2003
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City The Blue Disco 28/10/2002
There are reports that there were about 1500 people shopping in the building when the fire started.
State media said 120 people were injured in the fire which began at 1:15 p.m. local time (0615 GMT) on Tuesday. Initial reports indicated it may have been sparked by a short-circuit in the Blue Disco, one of the city’s most popular dance spots, on the building’s second floor.
Intense heat and lingering flames prevented firefighters from entering the building for about four hours with firefighters taking more than five hours to extinguish the inferno. Bodies were still being recovered from the site late Tuesday though it is unclear whether any foreigners were among the dead or injured.
It was reported that U.S. insurer American International Assurance was holding a training course for more than 100 staff at the time of the fire. There were also reports there was a wedding party in the building. On Wednesday, the building—which contains several floors of shops, around 50 offices and the disco and has a usual occupancy of about 1500 people—was barricaded with police keeping onlookers at bay.
At least five fire fighting vehicles were at the site on Wednesday though none were in use, a far cry from the scene on Tuesday when 30 fire engines and 40 ambulances surrounded the building. The Vietnam People’s Army reported that firefighters were not fully equipped to fight the fire and lacked water to put out the flames. Power in the area was cut off and streets cordoned off. Flames raged at other windows sending dense black smoke into the sky as workers fled for their lives, many down steel ladders reaching up from fire trucks below. Others jumped out of the windows
Indonesia Kuta, Bali Sari Club in Kuta terror attack 12/10/2002
Two bombs ripped through the Kuta area of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali on 12 October 2002, leaving 202 people dead. Among those killed at Paddy’s Irish Bar and the nearby Sari Club were people from 21 countries, including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians and 28 Britons. BBC News looks at the background to the bombings 10 years on.
The seeds of the October 2002 Bali bombing plot were probably sown in a hotel room in southern Thailand 10 months earlier.
At a secret meeting of operatives from South East Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiah (JI), Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, was believed to have ordered a new strategy of hitting soft targets, such as nightclubs and bars rather than high-profile sites like foreign embassies.
Ukraine Lviv Sknyliv airfield explosion 27/07/2002
LVIV, Ukraine (CNN) — Seventy-eight people have been killed in what has become the world’s worst airshow disaster after a fighter jet crashed into a crowd at an airfield in the Ukraine.
The Russian Sukhoi Su-27 warplane was performing aerobatics at the show in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv when it plunged to the ground at Skniliv airfield and exploded in a huge fireball.
Peru Lima Utopia Club fire 20/07/2002
Philippines concert grenade attack 01/05/2002
Seven people were killed and 127 injured by a grenade thrown by a group of irate teenagers during a church concert in the southern Philippines, police said on Thursday.
The young men, believed to be intoxicated, threw the grenade at a large crowd late on Wednesday after being barred from mounting the stage and joining the band, Brothers and Friends.
Two of the suspects were detained after the attack, including the alleged grenade-thrower, said police senior superintendent Sangkala Dampac.
Austria Linz X-Large disco terror attack 20/07/2002
LINZ, Austria (CNN) — An explosion at a disco in the Austrian city of Linz has injured 27 people, most of them teenagers, emergency officials say.
Police say they found remnants of a hand grenade at the scene, and witnesses say many of the injured were hit by shrapnel. Two are said to be in a serious condition.
The explosion happened at about 3.15 a.m. (1.15 GMT) at the X-Large Disco in Linz, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Vienna, police spokesman Michael Tischlinger said.
India Lucknow Charbagh train station crowd incident 28/09/2002
LUCKNOW: Thirteen BSP rallyists were feared killed in a stampede at the Charbagh Railway station here on Saturday. Three others who climbed atop the 4007 Up Sadbhawna Express came in contact with the high tension wire and were electrocuted.
While the railway officials put the toll at eight, the district magistrate gave the casualty figure as 11. Twenty-five people were injured. Officials said that bonafide passengers were not among the dead or injured.
La Guajira club Venezuelan fire 01/12/2002
At least 47 people have been killed in a fire at a crowded nightclub in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.
Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation after the fire broke out just before midnight on Saturday local time (0400GMT on Sunday) city fire officials said.
Thirty-two of the dead were men and 15 were women. Eight more people have been taken to hospital with moderate burns.
Bulgaria Sofia Indigo Disco crowd incident 21/12/2001
At least seven teenagers have been killed in a stampede at a disco in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
All those who died suffocated, according to hospital officials quoted by French news agency AFP.
Bulgarian police spokeswoman Stefka Ivanopva said the stampede occurred as teenagers tried to get into the town centre disco on Friday night.
Brazil Aracaju free give away 18/12/2001
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Brazil Belo Horizonte Canecao Mineiro nightclub 18/11/2001
Six convicted of fire in ‘Canecão Mineiro’ serve time A fire in 2001 in Belo Horizonte killed seven and left 197 injured. Justice convicted seven people for manslaughter; 1 has already served time.
After more than 11 years of the fire that killed seven people and injured 197 people in Belo Horizonte, six of the seven convicted of manslaughter are serving time. The seventh has already completed one year and six months of service to the community. On November 24, 2001, a fire that started with a cascade of fireworks on stage consumed the venue “Canecão Mineiro”. At the time, the band “Armadilha do Samba” was performing. The house had no business license or emergency exits, and turnstiles controlled the entrance and exit at the main door. That night, 1,500 people watched the show at the time of the fire. (Correction: when this report was published, it was wrong to report that only one of the convicts is serving time. In fact, one of the convicts has already served time, and the other six are currently serving time. The error was corrected at 10:39 am.)
Venezuela Caracus, Valencia Plaza Monumental Bull Ring crowd incident 20/10/2001
CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) — At least 11 people died Sunday in a crush of people trying to enter a stadium in Valencia, two hours west of Caracas in northwestern Venezuela, police said.
A civil defense spokesman put the number dead at 14. Authorities said another 25 people were injured. Most of the victims were teenagers.
The crush occurred as throngs of people tried to get into the Plaza Monumental de Valencia where a Venezuelan television station was sponsoring a show. Once the stadium was full, authorities closed the doors.
Thousands of people remained outside and pushed to get in, police said. It was not immediately clear what caused the crush.
Japan Tokyo Mah-Jongg Club fire 02/09/2001
A powerful fire and explosion ripped through a mah-jongg parlor and an adult entertainment club in the Kabukicho entertainment district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward early Saturday, killing at least 44 people and injuring three others, authorities said.
The victims — 32 men and 12 women — were among 47 people who were taken to about 20 hospitals in Shinjuku Ward and surrounding areas. The three survivors suffered minor injuries after jumping from the four-story Meisei 56 Building.
Hospital officials said most of the victims died from inhaling carbon monoxide fumes. The causes of the remaining deaths were not immediately known or have not been made public and, as of 5 p.m. Saturday evening officials had not identified 14 of the men and the nine female victims. Some of the dead were identified as Takaaki Kobayashi, 35, from Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Teruyasu Yoshiura, aged 32, Minoru Udaka, 46, and Hiroki Kawai, 24, both of Tokyo’s Itabashi Ward, Koichiro Saeki, 41, from Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, and Masakazu Fujii, 37, of Tokyo’s Sumida Ward.
Phillippines Manila The Manor Hotel fire 18/08/2001
Akashi pedestrian bridge crowd incident 21/07/2001
France Strasbourg Chateau Pourtables crowd incident 06/07/2001
STRASBOURG, France, July 7 — A storm sent a huge plane tree crashing onto spectators at an outdoor music concert, killing 11 people and injuring 85 others, 17 of them seriously, police said early Saturday.
The mostly teen-age victims were attending an outdoor concert Friday evening at the Chateau Pourtales in picturesque Alsace north of Strasbourg when winds of up to 93 mph suddenly ripped through the area.
Organizers interrupted the show and asked the about 120 concertgoers sitting on bleachers to take refuge under a tent. A huge plane tree, similar to a sycamore, then fell on the tent.
“It wasn’t even raining very hard,” a young woman, identified only as Elizabeth, told France Info radio. She had taken shelter under the tent. “Then suddenly the wind came. We heard branches crack, and someone said, ‘Get out of here.’ I was lucky. I got out, and then the tree fell.”
Israel Tel Aviv Beachfront nightclub terror attack 01/06/2001
21 people were killed and 120 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a disco near Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium along the seafront promenade just before midnight on Friday, June 1. The terrorist mingled with a large group of teenagers, who were standing in line to enter the disco. While still in line, he detonated the explosives strapped to his body. The explosive charge contained a large number of metal objects – including balls and screws – designed to increase the extent of injuries.
Most of those killed were youngsters from the former Soviet Union who had planned to attend a dance party at the Dolphin disco. Others who had been waiting in line to enter an adjacent nightclub known as the Pacha were also caught in the blast. The ‘Palestinian Hizbullah’ claimed responsibility for the attack.
Israel Jerusalem Versailles wedding hall crowd incident 24/05/2001
At least 20 (23) people have been killed and hundreds have been injured at a wedding party in Jerusalem after the dance floor collapsed.
Guests were left clinging to the sides of the Versailles wedding hall when the third floor suddenly gave way at about 2245 local time and crashed through two storeys below.
There were nearly 700 guests in the building, which is in the industrial Talpiot area of Jerusalem. Many were left trapped by the falling rubble which left a gaping hole through the centre of the building.
Accra Sports Stadium disaster 09/05/2001
The Accra Sports Stadium disaster occurred at the Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana on May 9, 2001. It took the lives of 127 people, making it the worst stadium disaster to have ever taken place in Africa
Iranian city of Sari stadium crowd incident 06/05/2001
At least 15 football fans have been killed and hundreds others injured after a stadium collapsed in Iran. The incident happened on Sunday in the Iranian city of Sari, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Congo, Lubumbashi, Lupopo v Mazembe 29/04/2001
During a match with TP Mazembe in 2011, 14 people were killed during a stampede after spectators invaded the pitch as TP Mazembe equalized the score.
Most famous player: Pierre Mwana Kasongo who also played for Daring Faucons (Motema Pembe), was the first African player to become the top scorer in Belgium as he played for CS vervietois in 1962-63. He also played for ARA La Gantoise in Belgium. Mwana Kasongo successfully managed St Eloi Lupopo, TP Mazembe, Ruwenzori Natioanal, Makiso, Nika, Bilombe, and Sanga Balende, as well as the Leopards du Zaire. He was the first Congolese to be qualified as a Manager from the Academie Francaise de Football in France. He died on 13 January 1986 as he was managing St Eloi Lupopo.
Bangladesh, Dhaka, Outdoor Park terror attack 14/04/2001
DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced 10 members of a banned militant group to death for a bomb attack on a Communist Party rally in 2001.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court’s Judge Mohammed Rabiul Alam made the order in a crowded courtroom while four of the defendants were in the dock. Six of the defendants sentenced to death have absconded. The court acquitted two others who fled. All of them belong to the banned group Harkat-ul Jihad Al-Islami.
The group considers the Communist Party an anti-Islamic force. On Jan. 20, 2001, bomb attacks on a party rally in Dhaka killed five people and wounded 50 others.
Ellis Park Stadium disaster South Africa 11/04/2001
The Ellis Park Stadium disaster was the worst sporting accident in South African history. On 11 April 2001, spectators poured into the Ellis Park Stadium in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng,South Africa, for the local Soweto derby association football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Sri Lanka, Kurunegala terror attack 01/04/2001
At least 11 people have died and about 200 have been injured in an explosion and fire at a music concert in Sri Lanka.
Thousands were listening to the music of two popular Indian singers in a football stadium in Kurunegala, about 100km (60 miles) north-east of Colombo, when the blast occurred.
The explosion, which reports suggest was caused by one or more hand grenades or home-made bombs, triggered a stampede that led to the high number of casualties.
Pakistan Pakpattan, Punjab, Baba Farid Shakarganj crowd incident 31/03/2001
PAKPATTAN, Pakistan —
Authorities said Sunday that at least 36 pilgrims had been killed in a stampede at a Muslim shrine in the central province of Punjab.
The stampede took place just before midnight Saturday when thousands of pilgrims rushed forward after the Behishti Darwaza, or Paradise Gate, was opened to inaugurate the annual feast, known as urs, at the shrine of a 13th century saint in the town of Pakpattan.
The official APP news agency first put the death toll at 40 but later revised the figure to 32, quoting a senior administrator of the region. But late in the evening, state television said the toll had increased to 36.
Indonesia, Jakarta, Tarra Megastore, A1 British band crowd incident 19/03/2001
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — British boyband a1 say they are saddened and distraught by the deaths of four girls during a stampede at a shopping mall in Indonesia.
“Their thoughts and prayers go out to the bereaved families,” said a spokesman.
On Sunday, about 1,500 fans — hundreds more than expected — showed up at a record store at Taman Anggrek shopping mall in Jakarta to see the band and get autographs.
When the band started to sing, many fans pushed to get to the front, trying to get a view, a witness said.
Jamarat Bridge, Saudi Arabia.crowd incident 05/03/2001
The 2001 Hajj stampede resulted in the deaths of at least 35 pilgrims on 5 March 2001 during the Hajj in Mecca
Indonesia Sheila concert crowd incident ND/ 2000
In 2000, four Sheila on 7 fans also died in a stampede during a concert in Lampung province.
At that time thousands of fans who did not have tickets broke into a stadium where the concert was being held.
Many young girls have fainted during packed concerts.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, São Januário,crowd incident, Vasco da Gama v Sao Caetano, 30/12/2000
More than 60 football fans in Rio de Janeiro have been injured, two seriously, after a fence collapsed during the final of Brazil’s Joao Havelange Cup.
The crush took place after hundreds of fans in the upper terraces of the Sao Januario stadium pressed forward, apparently trying to flee fighting that had broken out between rival supporters.
Fans lower down were pushed against the perimeter fence, which collapsed under their weight. Hundreds of people spilled onto the pitch.
Mexico City, Lobohombo Nightclub fire 20/10/2000
Mexico City police have ordered the arrest of the owner of a popular nightclub which burned down early Friday morning, killing 20 people and injuring 40 others.
Alejandro Iglesias, an alleged mafia leader, has been charged with a number of crimes, including homicidal negligence and breaking safety codes.
“I’ve ordered my attorney general to act quickly to arrest the owner for manslaughter,” Mexico City Mayor Rosario Robles said.
Ghent, Flanders Expo Centre , AC/DC concert crowd incident 13/10/2000
The AC/DC fan who died from injuries sustained after a fall during the band’s first European show of their current world tour in Ghent, Belgium on Saturday night (October 14) has been named as ISIDOOR THEUNISSEN, a 38 year-old from the village of BILZEN.
Mr Theunissen had climbed onto his chair to dance during AC/DC’s final track. He slipped and fell onto a concrete floor seven metres below. He was transferred to Ghent’s University Hospital where he died at around 4.15am on Sunday (October 15). A full police investigation is under way. The extent of Mr Theunissen’s injuries have not been made public
Russia, Yakutsk National Stadium, Zemfira concert 13/09/2000
Nineteen spectators were injured at a Russian rock concert after they tried to move on to a stadium field at the urging of the performer and were crushed against barriers, NTV commercial television said Wednesday.
Two fans were in a critical condition — an 18-year-old man with a broken back and a 14-year-old girl with serious head injuries
Zimbabwe World Cup Tie stadium crowd incident 08/07/2000
At least 12 people died here yesterday in chaos that disrupted a World Cup qualifying match between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Police officers, in what appears to have been an over-reaction to fans throwing plastic bottles on to the field, fired tear gas into a near-capacity crowd of 60,000 at the National Sports Stadium. Thousands of spectators stampeded to get out of the stadium and many people were crushed.
Baltimore Raven Stadium, Metallica concert crowd incident 04/07/2000
A 21 year-old Metallica fan has fallen to his death at a concert in BALTIMORE.
The man, who local police have identified as Martin Muschette from Danbury, Connecticut, was attending the Summer Sanitarium Festival at the Raven’s Stadium in Baltimore on Tuesday (July 4) at a concert which featured live performances from Metallica, Korn, Kid Rock, System Of A Down and Powerman 5000.
Accoding to US reports, Muschette is said to have fallen from the fifth storey of the stadium at approximately 6.40pm, in between sets by Kid Rock and Korn. His body landed on a pavement outside the stadium, adjacent to one of the main entrance gates.
Roskilda Festival crowd incident
Concord, North Carolina Highway 29 bridge collapse 20/05/2000
CONCORD, N.C. (May 20, 2000) A concrete pedestrian walkway spanning a four-lane highway collapsed, injuring more than 90 people — at least 16 critically — as they left a NASCAR race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Aid workers treated injured race fans on the highway after the pedestrian bridge collapsed.
The 30-foot section of the 15-foot-high bridge, which connects the track to a parking lot, snapped in half and fell onto the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 29 at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday. There wasn’t any traffic on the highway at the time, track spokesman Jerry Grappens said Sunday.
“Everybody just started sliding down it like it was a sliding board, and they all ended on top of each other,” Tina Condrey of Spartanburg told The Charlotte Observer. “Everybody then started just running everywhere. Some of the people looked like they were hurt real bad.”
Monrovia National stadium, Liberia v Chad, crowd incident 23/04/2000
Monrovia – Three soccer fans died on Sunday after a crowd surge at Liberia’s main soccer stadium where the national side secured a place in the next round of the African qualifying group for the 2002 World Cup, officials said.
One person died jumping from a fence to escape the crush. The others were pronounced dead on arrival in hospital, where they had been taken after being crushed and asphyxiated, one official said.
Lisbon, Lisbon Luanda Disco crowd incident 17/04/2000
Two canisters believed to contain pepper gas were set off inside a crowded Lisbon nightclub just as the lights were cut, causing a panicked stampede by hundreds of people that left seven dead. At least 60 others were treated at a hospital for bruises and breathing difficulties after the crush to escape the fumes. No one claimed responsibility for what appeared to be a planned attack, and police opened an investigation. The attack on the Luanda club came about 4:30 a.m. The Institute for Legal Medicine, where the bodies were taken for autopsies, said the victims appeared to have been crushed, according to Portuguese state television. Authorities did not immediately specify what sort of gas was used, but police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it appeared to be pepper gas. Authorities also believe that the power was cut deliberately. The club is named for the capital of the African nation of Angola. At least 500 people, mostly Africans, were inside at the time of the attack, witnesses said.
China, Jiaozuo, Tiantang cinema fire 29/03/2000
BEIJING (AP) _ A fire broke out early Wednesday in a cinema and quickly spread to an adjacent movie theater, killing 74 people in central China, local officials and state media reported.
The blaze erupted in the Tiantang cinema around 3:30 a.m. and engulfed the Dongfang cinema next door before firefighters extinguished it an hour later, the Xinhua news agency said. Police in Jiaozuo city, Henan province managed to rescue only 12 people _ among them the owner of the Tiantang cinema, who was badly burnt, Xinhua said.
Throb Nightclub crowd incident 25/03/2000
Thirteen children were killed and 44 injured after a teargas canister was thrown into a crowded disco in Durban, South Africa, yesterday, causing a crowd crush.
It was the last day of the first term – March 24 this year. Hundreds of teenagers had gathered excitedly outside Throb nightclub in Chatsworth.
During the matinee, sweaty teenagers gyrated on the dance floor while others squeezed to the bar, ordering alcohol and softdrinks. Suddenly the mood changed from one of excitement to one of terror. Instead of music and flashing lights, there was screaming, shouting – and darkness.
Uganda, Kanungu, Kanungu church fire 17/03/2000
They died in a prayer room the cult leaders had told them was their “Ark” – the place they would be safe from floods.
Meat bones and the remains of millet bread in an adjoining dormitory suggested a last supper. Locals said the sect had slaughtered three bulls and ordered 70 crates of soft drinks for a feast on Thursday night. Members had been told to sell their belongings and clothes the week before.
John Tibikumbya lost his wife and six children in the mass suicide – “I would call it murder,” he said. His wife joined the commune three years ago and gradually moved all their children, taking a six-year-old only eight days ago. “She told them the blessed Virgin Mary would come and save them. She said it was a blessing, but it was death.”