Italy nightclub stampede: Six people killed and more than 50 injured following incident in Ancona

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Six people have been killed and dozens have been injured, 12 of them seriously, in a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, officials say.

Some reports say there was panic after pepper spray was fired inside the club in the town of Corinaldo, near the eastern coastal city of Ancona.

Up to 1,000 people were inside the Lanterna Azzurra club attending a concert by rapper Sfera Ebbasta.

Five of the victims were 14 to 16 years old. The sixth was a 39-year-old woman.

She had gone to the club with her daughter.

The incident took place at about 01:00 (midnight GMT) as Italy began celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The concert had not yet begun when “acrid smell” forced crowds to rush towards the emergency exits.

The accident occurred after railings gave way and people began falling off a walkway.

Many of the injured suffered crushing wounds and broken limbs.

The injured have been taken to hospitals in Senigallia and Ancona. Seven are said to be in intensive care.

The local emergency services tweeted images from the scene:

Source BBC World

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