Seven killed by bulls in Spanish festivals

Seven killed by bulls in Spanish festivals
Seven killed by bulls in Spanish festivals

Seven people have been gored to death by bulls since the beginning of July during summer festivals in Spain, local media reported.

Over the weekend from Friday to Sunday four in total died after being gored by bulls in different local festivals across the country, Spanish broadcaster TVE said.

Thirty-six-year-old Jose Alberto Peñas Lopez, a city councilor of Traspinedo, Valladolid who was participating in the Saturday morning bull run in Peñafiel as part of the town’s fiesta commemorating Our Lady and Saint Roche of Peñafiel, was gored on Saturday after a bull unexpectedly turned on the crowd in the last part of the route.

The Red Cross said he suffered injuries to his right thigh, Spanish news agency EFE reported, and died in hospital.

Bull runs take place in different parts of Spain and Portugal over the summer months as part of local festivals attended by revelers and thrill seekers.

The most famous bull runs in Spain are part of the 10-day Fiestas of San Fermin in Pamplona, immortalised in Ernest Hemingway’s book The Sun Also Rises.

The San Fermin festival attracts thousands of revelers and hundreds of runners both from Spain and abroad.

Fifteen people have died in the bull runs in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1910. Most fatalities have been due to goring.

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