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At least 60 people have been killed in a stampede as they were leaving a New Year fireworks display in Ivory Coast.

According to state radio, as many as 200 others were injured in the crush outside a large stadium in Abidjan, the former capital city.

The 65,000 capacity stadium was named after the country’s founding president Felix Houphouet Boigny.

Officials say a large crowd had gathered to watch the New Year spectacle. The stampede occurred at around 2am local time.

Most of the dead are believed to be children aged between eight and 15.

Some reports say thousands of people were trying to leave the venue as other large groups were trying to get in.

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