Deaths reported at Ivory Coast Alpha Blondy concert


A stampede at a peace concert in Ivory Coast has killed at least two people, medical workers say.

The workers told AFP news agency that staff at a stadium in Bouake allowed a big crowd in during the concert by Ivorian reggae musician Alpha Blond A further 20 people were reportedly injured in the crush.

The concert was intended to celebrate “peace and unity” as the country seeks to recover from civil war. Bouake is the stronghold of the former rebels.

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Their New Forces Movement has controlled the north since their failed 2002 attempt to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo.

Despite a peace deal signed in March 2007, the ex-rebels have yet to hand over control of the region. Polls to end the crisis sparked by the civil war have been delayed six times.

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