Wednesday, November 20, 2013

12 people dead and over 200 injured in Algeria in celebration over World Cup Qualification

Algerian authorities disclosed early Wednesday that 12 people have died and over 240 were injured during celebrations after Algeria qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Algeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 to clench a place in next year’s World Cup.
A government statement Wednesday said that five celebrating fans were killed when a van slid off the road into a ravine in the mountain town of Bejaia, east of Algiers, while four others died in the southern city of Biskra in a car accident.
The remaining three died in other towns, the statement added without further details.

Residents described behavior by fans during celebrations though the night as ‘reckless’. People poured out into the streets all across to celebrate their team's qualification for the cup, with young men driving their cars down the streets and honking their horns, despite heavy rain in the north Tuesday night.