NYE Stampede Leaves 61 People Dead
As the world was celebrating the coming of 2013, one New Year’s Eve celebration got out-of-hand leaving 60 people dead and 49 injured during the outbreak of a stampede in West Africa.
It started when a group of onlookers gathered outside a stadium in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan to watch a fireworks display. However, security forces arrived at the scene to disperse the crowd causing a conniption where people fell over and were crushed to death.
Crying women searched for missing family members outside the stadium on Tuesday morning. The area was covered in patches of dried blood and abandoned shoes.
“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?” said Assetou Toure, a cleaner.
Sanata Zoure, a market vendor injured in the incident, said New Year’s revelers going home after watching the fireworks had been stopped by police near the stadium.
“We were walking with our children and we came upon barricades, and people started falling into each other. We were trampled with our children,” she said.
Back in 2009, 18 people died in a stampede in Abidjan during a football match.
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