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Over 140 killed in stampede during Halloween celebration in South Korea

Over 140 killed in stampede during Halloween celebration in South Korea
October 30
00:05 2022

More than 140 persons have been killed, while dozens of others sustained injuries following a stampede in South Korea.

The incident occurred on Saturday during a Halloween celebration in Seoul, the South Korean capital.

While Halloween is traditionally marked on October 31 in some countries, and is a festival associated with warding off ghosts, according to Reuters, the Seoul event was the first in three years following the lifting of COVID restrictions.

Hundreds of people had gathered at an alley in Seoul on Saturday, but the surge in the crowd led to a stampede, while several persons were trampled to death.

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Videos of those who attended the event showed hundreds of people packed together, while other footages showed persons who appeared to be unconscious, with some being given chest compressions.

In a statement of condolence, US President Joe Biden expressed his sympathies to the family members of the deceased, and also wished the injured quick recovery.

“Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in Seoul. We grieve with the people of the Republic of Korea and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those who were injured,” the statement reads.

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“The Alliance between our two countries has never been more vibrant or more vital – and the ties between our people are stronger than ever.

“The United States stands with the Republic of Korea during this tragic time.”

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