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23 killed, 438 hurt during Panamanian carnival celebration

At least 23 people were killed and 438 injured during carnival celebrations in Panama, the authorities said.
None | By Xinhua, Panama City
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2009 11:08 AM IST

At least 23 people were killed and 438 injured during carnival celebrations in Panama, the authorities said.

During the four-day "Rey Momo" (Momo King) celebrations which ended on Tuesday, 23 people were killed in traffic accidents and violent incidents.

Among the 438 injured, most were wounded by guns, knives, glass bottles and other objects used by troublemakers, said Eynar Cruz, director of the Emergencies Center of the Santo Tomas Hospital (HST).

Balbina Herrera, a presidential candidate from the ruling party, was also injured after a drunken man threw a beer can at him.

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