Nightly News | February 01, 2012
>>> and overseas in egypt where a year ago tonight we were just arriving to witness what turned onto a revolution, things got way out of control at a soccer stadium today. a riot left at least 70 people dead and hundreds injured. now the question, how did this happen? nbc's ayman mohyeldin is on the ground in cairo. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. it's being described as one of the deadliest sporting tragedies in egypt 's history. these games, the tension can run very high because here in egypt , soccer is more than just a sport. it was a moment of celebration and victory for the home team that turned violent. fans of the losing team allegedly began taunting the home crowd, accusing them of not supporting last year's populist revolution. fans from both teams stormed the field attacking each other with make-shift weapons. players from the visiting team were swarmed and attacked by those on the field and had to be evacuated by the military. no players were killed. emergency medical services struggled to cope with scores of injured and dead fans. riot police and security at the stadium stood by doing almost nothing to stop the rampaging crowds. sports officials suspended all games across the country. in cairo, angry fans set fire to egypt 's national stadium . the political fallout from today's riot was immediate. the attorney general ordered an investigation and egypt 's political insecurity leadership will hold emergency meetings tomorrow. brian, the issue highlights also the lack of confidence people have in the security forces here. people are really questioning whether the police, which was present at that game, can actually maintain law and order and security across the country. back to you.