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About 60 crushed to death in Ivory Coast stadium stampede

Tuesday, 1 January 2013 - 5:16pm IST | Agency: Reuters
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.

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 a stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Louise Ireland)


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