10 killed in disco stampede

June 21st, 2008 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, June 21 (DPA) Ten people have been killed in a stampede in a discotheque in the Mexican capital after police raided the club. Officials said the deaths occurred amidst a rush of panic among the 1,000 young people visiting the establishment after police started the raid Friday night.

Police chief Joel Ortega blamed the club’s operators for provoking panic. The owner and 38 others were arrested, police said.

Eyewitnesses told local radio stations that the stampede started as people heard gunshots.

They said that police blocked off the main exit, pushing back the terrified mob and trampling those who fell.

The young people were celebrating the end of the school year.

Police charged the club with drug abuse and offering alcohol to minors.

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