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12 Jul 2004 12:27
Pamplona’s annual “running of the bulls” turned particularly violent on Monday with at least 14 people requiring medical attention following a frenzied stampede through the Spanish Basque town.
Officials said that the injured included two United States citizens, one French national and a Colombian.
Eight of those injured—including one of the two US visitors, the Frenchman and the Colombian—were gored by the bulls as they hurtled through the streets.
Some of those injured, including two Spaniards, had to receive emergency medical treatment where they fell.
Monday’s run was the sixth during the event, known locally as the San Fermin festival. The festival runs until Wednesday.
The daily 825m stampede through the crowded streets terminates at the city’s arena, where the bulls feature in the traditional sport of bullfighting.
The festival also includes concerts and round-the-clock drinking.
Pamplona and its bull run were made internationally famous by American writer Ernest Hemingway, who described it in his 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.
The event, which regularly draws protests from animal rights groups, has seen 14 spectators killed since records began in 1911.
No fatalities have been recorded during this year’s event.—Sapa-AFP
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