Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Venezuela: Tear Gas Explosion, Stampede at Caracas Nightclub Leaves 17 Dead

Venezuela: Tear Gas Explosion, Stampede at Caracas Nightclub Leaves 17 Dead

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said seven people were arrested based on witnesses statements, including the club owner and man accused of setting off the gas.

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Eight of those who died from suffocation were younger than 18, he said, and five people were injured.

"The establishment has been ordered closed, and we are investigating in coordination with the public ministry, which is directing the criminal investigation", Reverol said.

Venezuela's government says 17 people were killed early Saturday after a tear gas device was set off during a nightclub brawl in the capital, leading hundreds of people to flee.

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Most of the injured were being treated at nearby hospitals, and one minor was in serious condition.

"The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, led by President Nicolas Maduro, deplores this regrettable incident a from our government we extend words of condolence for the families of the victims, and also the respective guidelines for parents and representatives to establish control measures on minors, as established by Venezuelan laws", Reverol said.

One of those who lost their child was Nilson Guerra who told reporters: "All I know is my son is dead".

Photo taken on June 16, 2018 shows the exterior of the nightclub "El Paraiso" where a stampede happened in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 16, 2018.

Homicide rates in Venezuela shot up during the country's spiral into economic crisis and political meltdown, and many Caracas residents refuse to go out at night. The Venezuelan NGO Observatory of Violence (OVV) also listed Venezuela second as the most murderous nation, right behind El Salvador, the OSAC report stated.

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