More than two dozen people were hurt in a human crush in the French city of Nice after firecrackers caused fear among a crowd celebrating the country’s World Cup semi-final win.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, when some people set off firecrackers moments before France won the World Cup semi-final match against Belgium, according to a local official.
“There was a crowd surge after firecrackers were detonated,” said Jean-Gabriel Delacroix from the city prefecture.
Delacroix said a total of 27 people were injured.
“Most of the injuries are glass cuts and bruising picked up when people fell,” he said.
The fear caused by the sound of the firecrackers is a sign of how people are still on edge after a series of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds in France — including scores in Nice itself — over the past couple of years.
On July 14, 2016, a heavy cargo truck plowed through a crowd celebrating France’s Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 people and injuring many others.
Earlier, in November 2015, a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris killed 130 people.
France’s then President François Hollande declared a state of emergency, which was extended six times — until November 2017.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for all of those attacks.
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