22 Killed at Stampede at Match in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - Ivory Coast's Minister of the Interior has announced on state TV that at least 22 people were killed and 132 were wounded at a stampede before a World Cup qualifying match in the capital's main stadium.

Desire Tagro, the minister of the interior, said that the stadium was overrun with people who pushed against each other, setting off the panic that led to the stampede ahead of the Ivory Coast-Malawi game on Sunday.

Stampedes are common at Africa's crowded stadiums, especially at
events that touch national pride, such as the World Cup qualifying
matches. Badly-equipped security forces are far outnumbered and are
often unable to control the voluminous crowds.

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