Ivory Coast crush kills dozens

At least 61 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.

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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.

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