Guatemala concert stampede kills nine, 20 injured

At the least 9 had been killed and greater than 20 injured when a stampede broke out at an independence day live performance in western Guatemala.

Victims had been reportedly crushed as hundreds of attendees tried to go away the open-air grounds the place the “Xelafer” competition was being held within the metropolis of Quetzaltenango, in response to the Guatemalan Crimson Cross.

The rescue group mentioned on Twitter, “The Guatemalan Crimson Cross and volunteer firefighters stabilized greater than 20 injured folks, and 9 folks died on the scene.” A spokesperson for the Guatemalan Crimson Cross mentioned the useless had suffered “a number of traumas,” AFP reported.

Guatemala’s Public Ministry mentioned prosecutors have began to collect data and are investigating. The nation’s nationwide forensic sciences institute activated 4 morgues to carry out autopsies.

The competition was a part of the nation’s celebration of its independence from Spain. There had not been celebrations marking the annual occasion for 2 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Guatemala gained independence from Spain in 1821.

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