23 killed, 438 hurt during Panamanian carnival celebrationFebruary 25th, 2009 - 11:59 am ICT by IANS
Panama City, Feb 25 (Xinhua) At least 23 people were killed and 438 injured during carnival celebrations in Panama, the authorities said.
During the four-day “Rey Momo” (Momo King) celebrations which ended Tuesday, 23 people were killed in traffic accidents and violent incidents.
Among the 438 injured, most were wounded by guns, knives, glass bottles and other objects used by troublemakers, said Eynar Cruz, director of the Emergencies Center of the Santo Tomas Hospital (HST).
Balbina Herrera, a presidential candidate from the ruling party, was also injured after a drunken man threw a beer can at him.
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