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  • 21 November 2013, 2:51

Algeria's World Cup Celebrations Turn Deadly

At least 12 people have been killed and 240 injured as Algerians celebrated the national football team securing a place in the 2014 World Cup.

The casualties came during nationwide festivities in the wake of Algeria's 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso, which will take the team to Brazil next year on the away goals rule after an earlier 3-2 defeat in Ouagadougou.

All across Algeria people poured into the streets to celebrate the so-called Desert Fighters' qualification for the World Cup finals, with young men driving their cars down the streets and honking their horns.

Five 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, officials said.

Three more died in other towns, although no further details were provided.