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About 60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast Stadium Stampede

Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 07:27 AM

 

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — About 60 people were crushed to death in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan overnight after a New Year's Eve fireworks display, an emergency official and state radio said on Tuesday.

"There are around 60 dead, and about 200 injured, this is a provisional estimate," a rescue official told Reuters, asking not to be named.

He said the incident happened near Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks.

A Reuters correspondent said there were blood stains and abandoned shoes outside the stadium Tuesday morning, and government officials and rescue and security forces were still there.

"My two children came here yesterday. I told them not to come but they didn't listen. They came when I was sleeping. What will I do?" said Assetou Toure, a cleaner.

She said she did not know if her children survived.

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