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UK Govt sends 'sincere condolences' to Ivorian people

Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has expressed his shock at the stampede in Ivory Coast which left at least 61 people dead:

I am shocked and deeply saddened at the tragic loss of life.

During what should have been a happy and joyous celebration of the New Year, many families are now mourning their loved ones.

The UK Government sends its sincere condolences to all the Ivorian people at this time.

– hugo swire, foreign office minister

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Ivory Coast president: 'This is a national tragedy'

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara, has visited injured people in hospital following a fatal stampede, which is estimated to have claim at least 60 lives.

Ouattara called the incident a national tragedy and said an investigation was underway to determine what happened.

One of the injured, speaking to the news agency Reuters, said security forces had arrived to break up the crowd, triggering a panic in which many people fell over and were trampled.

Children among victims of Ivory Coast stampede

About 60 people were crushed to death in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan overnight after a New Year's Eve fireworks display, an emergency official and state radio said on Tuesday. He said the incident happened near Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks.

The emergency services arrive at the scene in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Credit: RT1

A Reuters correspondent said there were blood stains and abandoned shoes outside the stadium on Tuesday morning, and government officials and rescue and security forces were still there. Many of the victims are understood to be children.

"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. She said she did not know if her children had survived.

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Dozens killed in Ivory Coast stampede at fireworks display

About 60 people were crushed to death in Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan overnight after a New Year's Eve fireworks display, an emergency official and state radio said on Tuesday.

"There are around 60 dead, and about 200 injured, this is a provisional estimate," a rescue official told Reuters. He said the incident happened near a stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks.

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