Terror as raging bull charges into spectators
A BULL leapt out of the arena at a bullring in northern Spain overnight and charged into a crowd of terrified spectators, injuring 30 people, Spanish media said.
Spanish television showed dramatic images of screaming spectators, including children, frantically trying to avoid the animal after it hurdled a security barrier that surrounds the arena as well as a fence and clambered up the crowded stands.
The incident occurred Wednesday evening local timeÂ in the bullring in the town of Tafalla, in the Navarra region. Some 30 people were injured, the localÂ Diario de Navarra newspaper said.
Most suffered cuts and bruises or shock, but one man was gored in the back and a 10-year-old boy was being examined at a hospital in the nearby town of Pamplona after suffering multiple bruises.
Several employees of the bullring finally managed to get control of the bull after about 15 minutes. It was killed and removed by a crane.
“I was terrified. I ran out of the stadium, crying,” one young woman told Basque television.
The incident did not take place during a traditional bullfight but during a contest of “recortadores,” in which participants try to avoid the bull while staying as close to it as possible.
The incident came amid intense debate in Spain over the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting.
The northeastern region of Catalonia last month became the first part of mainland Spain to ban the practice.
And in a recent opinion poll, 60 percent of Spaniards said they do not like the spectacle, which ends with the death of the bull from a well-placed sword.