At least 60 people died and at least dozens were injured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, as crowds stampeded overnight during celebratory New Year’s fireworks, Ivory Coast rescue workers said Tuesday.

The head of military rescue workers, Lieutenant Colonel Issa Sako, told public television that “60 people” died and 200 were injured based on a preliminary toll. Another rescue official said told AFP the toll is “61 dead and 48 injured.”


The rescue official said the injured had been taken to hospitals in Abidjan. An AFP journalist saw many injured children.

May God don’t let such evil befall us again.

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