At least 60 dead in Abidjan’s New Year’s Eve stampede

NYE 2013 Stampede

About 60 people have been crushed to death in a stampede outside a stadium in Cote d’Ivoire’s main city of Abidjan after a New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

The incident took place near Félix Houphouët-Boigny stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks, emergency officials said. One of the injured 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.

Other reports said the crush happened when thousands of people who were trying to leave the festivities met another large crowd arriving at the same time.

“The provisional death toll is 60 and there are 49 injured,” the interior minister, Hamed Bakayoko, said in a statement on national television. “During the fireworks everything was proceeding normally,” Bakayoko said. “At the end of it people wanted to go home, back to their home districts. Full story here.

 More details to follow.

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