CARACAS — Seventeen people have been killed in a stampede in a Caracas nightclub in Venezuela after a person activated a tear gas grenade inside, Venezuela’s interior minister Nestor Reverol says.
More than 500 people were at a party at the Los Cotorros club in the middle-class El Paraiso neighbourhood when the device went off at about 3:00am during a fight between several people, causing a stampede towards the exits, Mr Reverol said on state TV.
Other five people have been sustained injuries and at least seven have been arrested who are believed to be responsible for the incident.
Eleven people suffocated to death when the gas filled the club’s confined space, said Noris Villanueva, an autopsy assistant at the local Perez Carreno Hospital, who examined their bodies. It was not clear how the other six died.
Eight of those who died were younger than 18, Mr Reverol said, and five people were injured.
Mr Reverol said authorities had arrested seven people and the investigation was ongoing.
“The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, led by President Nicolas Maduro, deplores this unfortunate event,” he said.
The injured have been taken to the hospital.
A middle school graduation party degenerated into a brawl and someone set-off a tear-gas canister triggering a stampede, Al Jazeera quoted Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol, as saying.
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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely
COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.
The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.
“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.