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At least 9 dead in stampede at concert in Guatemala


GUATEMALA CITY: At least nine people died and about 20 were injured in a stampede in Guatemala early Thursday as the country celebrated its independence, according to firefighters.
The victims appeared to have died in a crowd trying to enter an outdoor concert.
Amilcar Rivas, city manager of Quetzaltenango, said that event organizers failed to understand security and crowd control. He said the event was licensed.
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city, about 125 miles (200 km) west Guatemala City. Guatemala is celebrating Thursday 201 years of independence from Spain.





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