Deadly New Year stampede, 60 children crushed to death

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People on Tuesday stand next to clothing and various items spread over the pavement at the scene following a stampede in Abidjan. (CNN)

PLATEAU, Ivory Coast (CNN) — A New Year’s Eve fireworks display turned from celebration to tragedy early Tuesday when more than 60 children were crushed to death in a stampede, according to state media reports.

The victims ranged in age from eight to 15, the official AIP news agency said. They were mostly from Abidjan, the country’s largest city and former capital.

The stampede occurred around 1 a.m. near a stadium in Plateau, the city’s business district, it said.

Rescue workers were at the scene two hours later but could not save the victims, AIP said.

More than 100 people were also injured in the stampede, the news agency said.

The West African nation is home to around 22 million people, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Credit: CNN. CNN’s Laura Smith-Spark and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

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