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At least 129 people were killed and about 180 injured Saturday night at a soccer match in Indonesia's East Java province when panicked fans were trampled and crushed trying to escape the riot, Reuters reported, citing police.

When fans of the losing team invaded the field to express their displeasure, police fired tear gas in an attempt to take control of the situation, causing crushes and cases of choking, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

"There was anarchy. They were about to attack the officers and had damaged the cars" Nico said, adding that the crush occurred as fans ran for the exits.

The head of a hospital in the area, which treats patients, told Metro TV that some of the victims suffered head injuries and that a five-year-old child was among the dead.

Indonesia's Human Rights Commission plans to investigate security at the stadium, including the use of tear gas, its commissioner told Reuters.

The country's chief security minister, Mahfud MD, said on his Instagram that the stadium was filled to capacity. He said 42,000 tickets were sold for the 38,000-seat stadium.

Indonesia's top league, BRI Liga 1, suspended games for a week and an investigation has been launched, the Indonesian Football Association said.

Indonesia is scheduled to host the Under-20 World Cup next May and June. Indonesia is also one of three countries bidding to host next year's Asian Cup, the continent's equivalent of the Euros, after China withdrew.

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