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About 60 crushed to death in Ivory Coast stadium stampede

Published on Jan 1, 2013 8:04 PM
 
People stand next to clothing and various items spread over the pavement at the scene following a stampede in Abidjan, on January 1, 2013.  -- PHOTO: AFP 

(REUTERS) - ABOUT 60 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.

 
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