Thirteen people died in a stampede at a disco in Peru when a police raid was carried out to enforce the country’s lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.
The stampede happened at the Thomas disco in Lima, where about 120 people had gathered for a party on Saturday night, the Interior Ministry said, according to Associated Press.
People tried to escape through the only door of the second-floor disco, trampling one another and becoming trapped in the confined space, according to authorities.
After the stampede, police had to force open the door.
Franco Asensios, one of those who attended the party, told local radio RPP that the police raid started at 9 p.m. and that authorities told the party-goers to let the women exit first.
“People got excited and started to go down, and then they said that the people in front were suffocating,” he said.
Police have detained 23 people. Police chief Gen. Orlando Velasco said no firearms or tear gas were used during the raid.