Italy police arrest 7 in deadly nightclub stampede

Italy police arrest 7 in deadly nightclub stampede
# 03 August 2019 20:26 (UTC +04:00)

Police in Italy have arrested seven men over a 2018 nightclub stampede on the Adriatic coast that left six people dead and dozens injured. Prosecutors say the gang used pepper spray to try and steal from young revelers, APA reports citing AFP.

Seven suspected members of a criminal gang have been taken into police custody, accused of triggering a deadly stampede at a concert for teens in central Italy, prosecutors said Saturday.

Six people died in the panic that broke out inside the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in Corinaldo, near the port city of Ancona, on December 8 last year.

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Ancona Chief Prosecutor Monica Garulli told reporters that six of the suspects allegedly used a pepper spray-like substance with the aim of stealing valuables from people in the crowd.

"They are youths aged between 19 and 22 who took advantage of busy concerts to commit the crimes by using an irritant spray," Garulli said. They are accused of manslaughter and for causing injury to 197 people. The seventh suspect is accused of receiving stolen goods.

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