Ivorian president announces national mourning for stampede victims - Xinhua | English.news.cn: "ABIDJAN Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced Tuesday that a period of national mourning will be held for the victims of the New Year's Eve stampede in Abidjan that claimed 60 lives and caused more than 200 others injured.
President Ouattara, who visited the injured in a hospital, called the accident a "national tragedy."
"What has happened is a tragedy that afflicts us," he said at the scene.
More than 200 casualties including at least 60 deaths were caused in the stampede in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, public television RTI reported on Tuesday, citing a provisional report by local firefighters.
The stampede occurred while thousands of people were gathering in the central administrative district of Plateau to watch a fireworks show.
The city for the second consecutive year launched an operation dubbed "Abidjan, illuminated city" to bring light to the main streets in yearend celebrations."
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