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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Over 60 People, Mostly Children Crushed To Death In Ivory Coast New Year's Eve Stampede

Children injured in the stampede are treated in an Abidjan hospital
More than 60 people, most of them children aged between eight and 15, have died in a New Year's Eve stampede at a stadium in Ivory Coast.

It happened in Abidjan at around 2am local time after crowds gathered to watch a fireworks display.

Officials said 61 people had died and around 50 were injured, although some estimates of the number hurt were much higher.

Rescue co-ordinator Lieutenant Colonel Issa Sako said the number of people trying to get into the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium to watch the fireworks had caused the accident.
He said: "In the crush people were walked over and suffocated by the crowd."

May their souls rest in peace, Amen.

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