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One woman and five children killed in Italy nightclub stampede

One woman and five children killed in Italy nightclub stampede

A stampede at a nightclub near the Italian city of Ancona early on Saturday killed six people and injured a further 120, media and firefighters said.

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who also serves as interior minister, said there were many more people than permitted inside the club, where popular Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta had been due to perform. "Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured", the fire service said in a Twitter statement.

The crowd in Corinaldo broke out into a panic over someone at the venue spraying an "irritant substance", the civilian protection agency said in a CNN report.

The boy, who was being treated at a hospital, said that at least one of the emergency exits was locked when he tried to flee. Dozens were injured, at least 10 seriously.

Paramilitary police are investigating the cause, in addition to fire officials.

The cause of the stampede was not immediately clear, but witnesses report that it started after pepper spray was sacked inside the crowded club. Police said the teenagers were aged between 14 and 16, while the dead woman was 39.

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A stampede at a hip-hop concert in an overcrowded Italian nightclub has left five teenagers dead along with an older woman who was there with her daughter. More than 1,000 people showed up to see Sfera Ebbasta, one of the nation's most famous young hip hop artists.

There were unconfirmed reports of pepper spray being used inside the club, triggering the stampede. He said that when rescuers arrived, all the doors were open.

Italy's head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, demanded that a "full light be shone on what happened, ascertaining any responsibility and negligence".

"You can not die like this at 15".

"Citizens have the right to safety wherever they are, in workplaces as well as places of entertainment", Mattarella said.