More than 60 people killed in NYE Ivory Coast stampede

AT LEAST 61 people died and dozens more were injured in Abidjan as crowds that had gathered for celebratory New Year's fireworks stampeded overnight, Ivory Coast rescue workers said on Tuesday.

An AFP journalist saw many injured children, while images broadcast by RTI television showed bodies stretched lifeless on the ground outside the city's main stadium.

Piles of abandoned shoes and clothing could also be seen at the stadium, where soldiers and police were deployed.

The head of military rescue workers, Lieutenant Colonel Issa Sako, told journalists at the scene that 61 people had died.

"Forty-nine wounded were evacuated" by rescue workers, he added, saying other injured victims had gone to hospital on their own.

 

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