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Algeria say 12 deaths linked to World Cup celebrations

ESPN staff
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Algerian authorities say 12 people have died and 240 were injured during celebrations for Algeria's 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's team to the World Cup in Brazil.

A government statement on 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.

All across Algeria people poured into the streets to celebrate their team's qualification, with young men driving their cars down the streets and honking their horns, despite heavy rain in the north on Tuesday night.

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