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At least 60 people have been crushed to death and more than 200 injured during new year festivities in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, officials say.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday near a stadium in the central Plateau area of the city where a fireworks display was held.
The cause of the stampede is not yet clear. It occurred as people were heading home after the event.
According to some reports, thousands of people were trying to leave the stadium at the same time as another large crowd was trying to get in, the BBC's West Africa correspondent Thomas Fessy says.
But one of the wounded told Reuters news agency that the arrival of security forces had triggered a panic which resulted in a stampede.
Originally posted by goou111
obviously we need more fireworks control
The fireworks event had been organised to celebrate the peace recently re-established after a period of unrest triggered by former President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to recognise Mr Ouattara's victory in 2010 elections.
Originally posted by smyleegrl
I loathe crowds, just for this reason. I'm not agoraphobic, I just don't like crowds. I do my best to stay away from them, bc in a big crowd, you really are helpless.
Prayers for all involved...