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60 killed, 250 injured in Abidjan New Year stampede
From: BBC          Published On: January 1, 2013, 00:27 GMT
 
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60 killed, 250 injured in Abidjan New Year stampede

Many of those attending the new year festivities were youths


At least 60 people have been crushed to death and some 250 injured during new year festivities in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, rescue officials say.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday near a stadium in the central Plateau area of the city where a fireworks display was held.

The cause of the stampede is not clear. The victims included many children.

The site is littered with abandoned clothes and blood stains.

Relatives have gone to the scene, Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium, to get news of missing loved ones.

The distraught mother of a nine-year-old boy told local media: "I have just seen all those bodies, but I can't find my son."


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