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More than 60 dead after Ivory Coast stadium crush

NYE CRUSH: An Ivory Coast troop stands next to the belongings of people involved in a deadly stampede in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

AT LEAST 61 people, many believed to be young children, were crushed to death at a New Year's Eve event in the Ivory Coast.

The stampede, which occurred when thousands of revellers attempted to leave a stadium in the city centre of Abidjan, also left more than 200 others injured. Most of the dead are believed to be children aged between eight and 15.

Thousands of people were trying to leave event at the same time a large crowd was trying to get in, a witness said.

"In the crush, people were walked over and suffocated by the crowd," said Lt Col Issa Sako, head of the military rescue effort.

A mother of a nine-year-old boy, who headed to the 65,000 capacity stadium for news in the morning, said: "I have just seen all those bodies but I can't find my son."

The fireworks were organised to celebrate the return of peace to the West African state.

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