Officials: At least 15 dead in Congo capital after stampede at soccer stadium

Congolese government officials say at least 15 people are dead following a stampede at a soccer stadium.

According to a statement from the Interior Ministry read on national television late Sunday, the stampede happened amid a playoff match between two popular Congolese teams.

Gov. Andre Kimbuta said at least 21 other people had been injured during the melee that followed.

U.N.-backed Radio Okapi, citing witnesses, said police had fired tear gas after angry fans had thrown things onto the field in the final minutes of the match.

It's not the first time altercations have erupted when V. Club has played TP Mazembe.

Sanctions had been imposed last season on the teams after a match between them in the city of Lubumbashi, Radio Okapi reported.