At least one dead and dozens more injured after stampede outside Iraqi football stadium

At least one dead and dozens more injured after stampede outside Iraqi football stadium ahead of Gulf Cup final clash with Oman

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One person was killed and dozens injured after a stampede broke out outside a football stadium in Iraq before the Gulf Cup final.

Thousands of fans gathered outside Iraq’s national football stadium in the southern city of Basra on Thursday, hours before the cup final was due to kick off at 7pm local time (1600 GMT).

Fans had gathered since dawn in the hope of watching the rare home international match between Iraq and visitors Oman.

Medical officials and security sources confirmed the casualty and injuries.

‘There has been one death and dozens of slight injuries,’ a medic said. An interior ministry official gave the same toll.

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