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    60 Crushed to Death in Ivory Coast Stampede, Minister Says

    (CNN) — A New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Ivory Coast turned from celebration to tragedy early Tuesday when 60 people — most of them women and children — were crushed to death in a stampede, officials said. The horror unfolded in Abidjan, the country’s largest city and former capital. Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said that in addition to the deaths, another 49 people were injured, two of them seriously. The country’s president, Alassane Ouattara, came to the scene and ordered “all means possible” to assist in the response, Bakayoko said in a statement issued Tuesday evening. “The government extends its condolences to the families of those deceased and assures them of its solidarity,” Bakayoko said.