I Coast: Many factors caused stampede

2013-01-07 09:06


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Abidjan - Officials say that the New Year's stampede in Ivory Coast which killed 64 people was caused by a combination of several factors including unofficial tree trunk barricades, the narrowing of a major thoroughfare, bad lighting and a shortage of police officers.

Abidjan prosecutor Simplice Kouadio announced the preliminary findings of a police investigation on state television on Saturday night.

According to the report, a "human wave" of people leaving a New Year's fireworks display was confronted by a group of people going in the opposite direction on the Boulevard de la Republique by the Houphouet Boigny stadium.

Police interviewed 31 people including the injured, families of victims, fire-fighters, doctors, the district governor of Abidjan and the Commissioner of Police. The prosecutor said criminal proceedings will be initiated against any perpetrators.

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