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Nightclub brawl in Venezuela kills 17 students celebrating graduation (Pictures and video)

At least 17 people have died after a nightclub brawl led to a stampede in Venezuela.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said eight minors are among those killed and another five are injured.

The majority of the dead are between 16 and 20 years old, according to journalist Darvinson Rojas.

Reverol added that a tear gas device exploded on Saturday night after the fight broke out during a graduation celebration at ‘Los Cotorros’ club, triggering the stampede.

Some 500 party-goers rushed for the exit when the tear-gas canister was detonated during a fight in the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Reverol told state television.

He also said seven people have been arrested, including the owner of the club and the person who is believed to have launched the explosive device.

La Patilla reports: ‘Some died from asphyxiation, others from injuries sustained when they tried to escape the room when the explosive was detonated.’

Family members have reportedly said that the main doors were closed and many fell down on top of each other as they tried to escape.

Those who have so far been identified are Luis Eduardo Barrios, 46, Jorhgen Alexander Castro, 19, Luis Roniel Guerra Alfonso, 19, Marcos Javier Altuve Valenzuela, 18.

Venezuela’s Interior Minister Nestor Reverol confirmed at least 17 have died (Picture: AFP/Getty)

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Culled from Metro

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