January 1, 2013

New Year's Eve Stadium stampede kills 60 in Ivory Coast (VIDEO)

At least 60 people are killed and more than 200 injured in a stampede at a New Year's Eve celebration in Abidjan.
More than 200 others - many children - are believed to have been injured in the crush which happened after revellers had celebrated seeing the New Year in.

At least 60 people - many believed to be children - have been crushed to death at a New Year's Eve fireworks party in the Ivory Coast.
More than 200 others are believed to have also been injured in the stampede which happened after revellers had celebrated seeing the New Year in.

It's believed the crush happened as people began to leave the area near to the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the city of Abidjan.

Parents of those injured and killed - some as young as eight - are still searching for their missing loved ones and the death toll is expected to rise.

Mamadou Sanogo, who is looking for his nine year old son, Sayed, said: "I just saw all the bodies, but I can not find my son, I do not know what to do."

A man rides his motorbike past clothing and various items spread over the pavement at the scene of a stampede in Abidjan.
Assetou Toure, said she did not know if her children survived. She said: "My two children came here yesterday. I told them not to come but they didn't listen. They came when I was sleeping. What will I do?"

A rescue official said: "There are around 60 dead, and about 200 injured, this is a provisional estimate."

People stand next to clothing scattered on the pavement at the scene in Abidjan on January 1, 2013 following a stampede.

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