61 Killed in New Year's Stampede in Ivory Coast

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - Authorities say at least 61 people were killed early Tuesday in a stampede following a New Year's fireworks display in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's commercial center.

State radio and a fire department rescue worker, who refused to give his name, said that many more people were injured in the Plateau district of Abidjan as the event ended about 4 a.m.

The worker said a crowd of thousands gathered at the Houphouet Boigny Stadium to see the fireworks and after the crowd became a crush in which people were trampled.

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