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12 killed in stampede at night club

June 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

At least 12 people died as hundreds of young party-goers rushed to get out of a crowded nightclub in Mexico City during a raid on under-age drinkers, police said.

Nine youths, including several minors, and three police officers were asphyxiated in the scramble to leave the News Divine disco after a tip-off from the owner that police were in the building, Mexico City's police chief Joel Ortega said.

"More than 1,000 people left in a stampede," which caused the deaths, Ortega told the Televisa network.

The three police officers were smothered by people surging out the emergency exit, Ortega said.

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