Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Venezuela: 17 killed in club stampede

Venezuela: 17 killed in club stampede

Seventeen people, including eight minors, were killed at a crowded Caracas club early today when a tear gas canister was detonated, setting off a stampede, Venezuelan officials said.

Reverol said authorities had arrested seven people and an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

"The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, led by President Nicolas Maduro, deplores this unfortunate event".

A relative of one of the victims of the night club where a tear gas grenade was detonated waits outside the morgue in Caracas. It was not clear how the other six died.

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'The establishment has been ordered closed, and we are investigating in coordination with the public ministry, which is directing the criminal investigation'.

The stampede took place at the Club Los Cotorros in the El Para�so district in western Caracas, according to the local media.

Her eyes sunken in grief, she said all the family wants now is for the club to be permanently closed and the owner held responsible.

Local media named some of the victims as Alexander Castro, 19, Adrián Alejandro Blanco, 16, Luis Roniel Guerra Alfonso, 19, Marcos Javier Altuve Valenzuela, 18, and Luis Eduardo Barrios Cevedo, 46.

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The majority of those who died were between 16 and 20 years old.

At least five more, including three minors, are in a critical state at a hospital. Another son of his had been hospitalised.

Caracas is one of the most violent capitals in the world and the country is engulfed in a deepening economic crisis that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee.

"That's not a big space and that should not be authorised", he said.

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