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Published On: Thu, Nov 1st, 2012

Three dead, two injured in Madrid Halloween party stampede

Three women have died and two more were seriously injured at a Halloween party at the Madrid Arena, according to officials in Spain.

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The women were among thousands of attendees at “Thriller Music Park,” an event at Madrid Arena that featured electronic music artists and a costume contest.

According to a BBC report, it was not immediately known what caused the crush, but reports suggest the panic began after a flare was thrown in the crowd.

Four of the women, including the three who died, are Spanish. The nationality of the other injured woman is unknown. Two of the victims were 18 years old, while the third was 25.

CNN reported that thousands of partygoers were unaware of the stampede until after police arrived and began moving people out slowly.

American electronic musician Steve Aoki was headlining the party.

Aoki released a statement Thursday saying he was “devastated” by the deaths and injuries.

“The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately,” Aoki said in the statement, adding that he was canceling a subsequent show in Bilbao, Spain, “out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured.”

A police investigation is currently under way.

 

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