Ivory Coast: A stampede left more than 60 dead in New Year celebrations

Ivory Coast, January 1, 2013

According to the official agency AIP, “More than 60 people died and 200 remain injured in a stampede that took place after midnight at a stadium in Abidjan when celebrating the New Year”.

The site also clarifies that “the victims are children aged 8 to 15 who had attended the show held at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in the Plateau business district, and they were hit by a stampede in the vicinity “.

“Emergency crews and firefighters rushed to the scene ‘hours after the drama’ they could not save their lives.”

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