ALGIERS- Algeria's celebrations at qualifying for next year's World Cup in Brazil have been clouded by traffic accidents that have killed at least least 10 people, Algerian media reported on Thursday.
ALGIERS- Algeria’s celebrations at qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Brazil have been clouded by traffic accidents that have killed at least least 10 people, Algerian media reported on Thursday.
In Bejaia, east of the capital, four football fans died when the car they were travelling in after the match collided with a heavy goods vehicle, the Liberte newspaper reported.
A truck travelling at high speed in the Biskra region, south of Algiers, drove into a crowd of celebrating fans, killing four and seriously injuring two.
In the Bouira region, southeast of the capital, the driver of a vehicle crammed with jubilant supporters lost control, with a child killed in the crash.
And a 17-year-old man died in the eastern city of Constantine when he was hit by a vehicle during the celebrations, which erupted on Tuesday night as the Desert Foxes sealed their qualification for the finals in Brazil with a 1-0 home victory over Burkina Faso.
The result meant that Algeria took the fifth and final African zone World Cup qualifying berth on away goals despite losing the first leg of the play-off 3-2 in Ouagadougou.
At the final whistle, jubilant fans took to the streets across the country, chanting: “One, two, three, viva l’Algerie.”