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60 people crushed to death and 200 injured in stampede during New Year fireworks in Ivory Coast

Loucoumane Coulibaly , Alain Amontchi Tuesday 01 January 2013

About 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede outside a stadium in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan after a New Year’s Eve fireworks display, the government said.

The incident took place near Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks, emergency officials said.

One of the injured, speaking to Reuters at a hospital, said security forces had arrived to break up the crowd, triggering a panic in which many people fell over and were trampled.

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