60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast Stampede, Minister Says
A New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Ivory Coast turned from celebration to tragedy early Tuesday when more than 60 people were crushed to death in a stampede, officials said.
Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said another 40 people were injured, two of them seriously.
Earlier, state media reports suggested that between 100 and 200 people had been hurt.
The 60 dead included 26 children, 28 women and six men, said Minister of Youth Alain Lobognon, via his official Twitter feed, after visiting the hospital morgue where the bodies were taken.