Ten dead in wave of panic at Love Parade in Germany: police

24th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Ten people were killed on Saturday when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg, north of Dusseldorf, police said.

Around 10 other people were resuscitated and about 40 suffered injuries in the incident, which took place inside a tunnel, the police said.

Organisers said 1.4 million people had turned out for the day-long open-air festival, with most of them unaware of the incident, the NTV television network reported.

Fearing further mass panic, officials in Duisburg opted against an immediate evacuation of the festival grounds where tens of thousands of revellers were still gathered late in the afternoon, a city spokesman said.

First held in Berlin in 1989, the Love Parade is one of the biggest techno festivals in Europe.

It moved from Berlin from 2007 onwards after disagreements with the city authorities over logistics and security and has been held in several other German cities in recent years.

© 2010 AFP

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