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Death toll raises to 7 in Western Sahara soccer clash

(Xinhua)

10:21, September 28, 2011

RABAT, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from clashes at the weekend after a soccer match in Western Sahara has risen to seven, according to state-run MAP news agency.

Moroccan officials had initially said the violence after Sunday 's match had killed one person, and the following day raised the death toll to two.

The match was between Western Sahra said Mouloudia Dakhla and Chabab Mohammadia, a team from a city near Casablanca.

Moroccan officials said the clashes broke out when supporters leaving the stadium started pelting stones at the opposing team's supporters.

They said people with criminal records then joined in, attacking passers-by with sticks and knives.

Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975, and since then it has been the subject of a dispute between Morocco's government and an independence movement backed by neighboring Algeria.

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