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At least four dead after bullfight stand collapses

At least four people have reportedly been killed and hundreds injured after a stand collapsed during a bullfight in Colombia.

It happened in the municipality of El Espinal in the central region of the country at about 1pm local time on Sunday during a local festival.

Among the dead were two women, a man and an 18-month-old baby.

Footage has emerged of a wooden stand crowded with spectators collapsing at the stadium.

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Mayor Juan Carlos Tamayo said 800 spectators were seated in the sections that collapsed.

The stand was seen toppling forward into the ring, where people were participating in a bull-running event, which is tied to the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul.

According to Major Luis Fernando Velez, director of civil defence in the province, no one remained trapped in the wreckage.

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He told local media that several people were missing but have since been found.

“The emergency has been overcome at the site of the incident. More or less 70 people were injured,” Mr Velez said.

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Injured people were taken to the nearby cities of Ibague and Maelgar in ambulances.

Mr Velez said El Espinal’s hospital was overwhelmed, adding he didn’t know what the stand was made from but it appeared to be wooden boards.

Current President Iván Duque wrote on Twitter: “We lament the terrible tragedy registered in El Espinal, Tolima, during the festivals of San Pedro and San Juan, with the collapse of the stands during a Corralejo.

“We will call for an investigation.”

President-elect Gustavo Petro urged officials to ban such events.

The cultural festival is observed every year on 29 June and the event is the feast day that honours Saints Peter and Paul, who were apostles of Jesus Christ and Christian martyrs.

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