Ivory Coast Stampede: At Least 60 Crushed to Death in Abidjan Stadium Stampede

Huffington Post, January 2, 2013

At least 61 people were crushed to death in a stampede after a New Year’s Eve fireworks display at a stadium in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan early on Tuesday, officials said.

Witnesses said police had tried to control crowds around the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium following the celebrations, triggering a panic in which scores were trampled.

“The estimate we can give right now is 49 people hospitalised . . . and 61 people dead,” said the chief of staff of Abidjan’s fire department Issa Sacko.

Crying women searched for missing family members outside the stadium on Tuesday morning. The area was covered in patches of dried blood and abandoned shoes.


Sanata Zoure, a market vendor injured in the incident, said New Year’s revellers going home after watching the fireworks had been stopped by police near the stadium.

“We were walking with our children and we came upon barricades, and people started falling into each other. We were trampled with our children,” she said.

Another witness said police arrived to control the crowd after a mob began chasing a pickpocket.

President Alassane Ouattara called the deaths a national tragedy and said an investigation was under way to find out what happened.



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  • Oh well. Easy come, easy go.

  • IstvanIN

    My first thought when I saw the headline was “it must be a Long Island Walmart”.

  • JackKrak

    How long before we see the same headline from an American mall on the day the new Air Jordans are released?

  • Pete

    This sort of insane behavior happens at European soccer matches all the time.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Oh please this happens at ALL soccer matches around the globe, except for the USA where we don’t give a damn about it.

    • StillModerated

      Thin the herd. I’m a rugby man myself.

  • The__Bobster

    So running from the popo is an Afreakan tradition?

  • I’m willing to bet it is quite hilarious to watch an entire stadium full of 65 IQ’ers Ooh! and Aah! at fireworks.

  • Non Humans

    Should I say it….? Ok, can’t hold it in;
    Stamepedes beez Raaayciss!!