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61 killed in New Year’s stampede in Ivory Coast

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 1, 2013 at 8:49 a.m.

— Authorities said at least 61 people were killed early Tuesday in a stampede following a New Year’s fireworks display in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial center.

State radio and a fire department rescue worker, who refused to give his name, said that many more people were injured in the Plateau district of Abidjan as the event ended about 4 a.m.

The worker said a crowd of thousands gathered at the Houphouet Boigny Stadium to see the fireworks and after the display the crowd became a crush in which people were trampled.

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