At least 61 people – some of them children – were trampled to death Tuesday when a stampede erupted after a New Year’s fireworks show at an Ivory Coast arena, officials said.
The cause of the crush, which sent dozens of injured revelers to the hospital, was unclear. The official AIP news agency said the death toll included “many” young people.
Shoes and clothes abandoned in the pandemonium were strewn outside the stadium, and local television showed images of bodies on the ground, Agence France Presse reported.
Panicked parents were searching for missing youngsters.
"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?" Assetou Toure, a cleaner, told Reuters.
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