17 killed in stampede after brawl at crowded Caracas club

Charlene Craig
June 20, 2018

Relatives of those inside the club said the party was a celebration for the graduating class of several different high schools. The device went off around 3 a.m. during the fight and caused a stampede of people running to the exit, the Interior Minister said on state TV, according to Reuters UK. Eight of those people who died were under the age of 18-years-old and another five people remain injured, according to Reverol.

The stampede took place at the Club Los Cotorros in the El Paraíso district in western Caracas, local media reported.

Numerous victims were trampled when were trampled when over 500 young Venezuelans tried to flee the Los Cotorros nightclub after the explosion.

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She also urged officials to investigate whether the club had permission to hold several hundred people inside.

Family members wept and embraced one another after identifying the remains of their loved ones at a nearby hospital.

The government of Venezuela has said 17 people were killed Saturday night at a nightclub brawl in Caracas, Venezuela that led into a stampede, the Associated Press reported.

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"That's not a big space and that should not be authorized", he said. The father of an injured son told local media that he told him that the tear gas grenade had been thrown from the bathroom and that the establishment closed its doors after. Authorities have also arrested the owner of the nightclub for not having measures to stop these kinds of weapons from being brought inside the building.

What authorities do know is that a brawl broke out right before the tear gas grenade was thrown.

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