Ivory Coast Stampede: 60 Children Dead

New Year's Eve fireworks display in Abidjan turned from celebration to tragedy, says CNN.

Gil Ronen ,

Celebrating new year in Pakistan
Celebrating new year in Pakistan

A New Year's Eve fireworks display in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan turned to tragedy early Tuesday. More than 60 children were crushed to death in a stampede, according to state media reports quoted in CNN.

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

The stampede occurred around 1:00 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 added. 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.