12 Die Rejoicing After Algeria’s World Cup Qualification

12 people died and 240 got injured during celebrations for Algeria’s 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the final rounds of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

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.

People all across Algeria poured into the streets to celebrate their team’s qualification for the cup, throwing caution to the wind, with young men driving their cars down the streets and honking their horns, despite heavy rain in the north Tuesday night.


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