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Stampede after fireworks kills 61 in Ivory Coast

January 1, 2013 • World News


Injured children receive treatment in a hospital after they were involved in a stamped in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. At least 61 people were killed early Tuesday in a stampede following a New Year’s fireworks display in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial center, said officials. The death toll is expected to rise, according to rescue workers. The majority of those killed were young people between eight and 15 years old who were trampled after the fireworks festivities in Abidjan’s Plateau district, at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, said Col. Issa Sako, of the fire department rescue team. (AP Photo/Emanuel Ekra)

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year’s fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast’s main city, killing 61 people — many of them children and teenagers — and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said.

Thousands had gathered at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan’s Plateau district to see the fireworks. It was only the second New Year’s Eve fireworks display since peace returned to this West African Login to read more

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