12 killed in Mexican nightclub stampede (Lead)

June 21st, 2008 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, June 21 (Xinhua) At least 12 people have been killed in a stampede at a night club after hundreds of young revellers rushed for the exit during a police raid here, the police said. The incident took place at the News Divine disco in Nueva Atzacoalco district Friday evening. Around 18 people were injured.

People rushed for the exit after the club management announced over a microphone that a police operation was underway, police chief, Joel Ortega, told the Televisa network.

Police went to the disco in Nueva Atzacoalco district to check reports of drugs and alcohol being sold to minors, he said.

Around 500 youths were partying at the club to celebrate the end of their school year, the official said.

Police have detained more than 30 youths and the owner of the club, the officer said.

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