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Fighting bulls gore 2 on streets of Pamplona

A herder and runner are stricken. Thousands of thrill-seekers take part.

July 09, 2007|From the Associated Press

PAMPLONA, SPAIN — Spain's largest fighting bulls lived up to their fearsome reputation, goring two people as thousands of daredevils sprinted down narrow streets Sunday in Pamplona's annual running of the bulls.

The second of eight bull runs in the weeklong San Fermin festival involved the black and reddish-colored Miura bulls, renowned as the largest fighting bulls in Spain.

As they charged down the 800-yard route, two of them fell and, appearing to lose their way, turned on runners. Cobblestone streets of the city's old quarter were jammed with thrill-seekers from around the world.

Among those injured Sunday was Francisco Itarte, a bull herder and one of several men responsible for trying to keep the runs as orderly as possible. He was gored, as was a 24-year-old runner from Valencia.

Another of the injured, Modou Mbengue from Senegal, underwent an operation on his left forearm. A Frenchman and seven Spaniards were treated in hospitals. Since record-keeping began in 1924, 13 people have been killed. The last one was a 22-year-old American gored in 1995.

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