BFF-04 17 dead after tear gas explodes in Caracas club: official

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17 dead after tear gas explodes in Caracas club: official

CARACAS, June 16, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Seventeen people, including eight minors, were killed at a crowded Caracas club early Saturday when a tear gas canister was detonated, setting off a stampede, Venezuelan officials said.

The deaths occurred after a party at the club degenerated into a brawl and someone detonated the tear gas, sending more than 500 people rushing for the exits, said Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol.

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