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Seoul Crowd Crush Leaves Over 150 Dead at Halloween Festivities

  • President declares period of national mourning, vows probe
  • Crush took place in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district
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Seoul Halloween Stampede Leaves Over 150 Dead
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At least 153 people were killed and dozens injured following a crowd crush during Halloween celebrations in Seoul, marking one of the deadliest incidents in South Korea in years.

The crowd surge occurred Saturday night in the popular nightlife district of Itaewon, after a large number of people entered a narrow alley behind the Hamilton Hotel, fire and police authorities said in televised briefings. President Yoon Suk Yeol declared a period of national mourning from Sunday and vowed to carry out a thorough investigation.