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61 killed in New Year's stampede

Authorities say at least 61 people were killed early Tuesday in a stampede following a New Year's fireworks display in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's commercial centre.

State radio and a fire department rescue worker, who refused to give his name, estimated that an additional 200 people were injured in the Plateau district of Abidjan at about 4 a.m.

The emergency worker said a crowd of thousands gathered at the Houphouet Boigny Stadium to see the fireworks and after the display the crowds in the street became a crush in which people were trampled.

The Canadian Press


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