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Jakarta Post

Govt reinforces security in Nabire after bloody boxing riot

Yuliasri Perdani
Jakarta   ●   Mon, July 15, 2013

The government has deployed at least 1,250 police officers and soldiers to Nabire, Papua, to help maintain security following a boxing riot that claimed 17 lives on Sunday evening.

National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Ronny F. Sompie said in Jakarta on Monday that security officers had been instructed to guard government offices and other public facilities in Nabire.

"Last night, after the incident, around 150 Nabire police officers and 100 soldiers were put on guard. This morning we added another 500 police officers from the Papua Police and 500 soldiers," he told a press conference.

On Sunday evening, a riot broke out in Kota Lama Sport Stadium after supporters of two competing boxers engaged clashed due to a scoring discrepancy.

It was the championship match of the Bupati Cup (the Regent Cup).

The clash sparked the 1,500 people in attendance to force their way through one exit door. The stadium'€™s capacity is 900 spectators.

"The Nabire Police recorded 17 fatalities [...] 39 injured victims are still being treated at Nabire Regional Hospital," Ronny continued.

Nine of 39 injured spectators were children.

Nabire is a regency located on the Cendrawasih Bay on the north coast of Papua, with a population of around 170,000 people.