The Semana Santa festival in Malaga turned into a stampede in the early hours of Tuesday morning after rumours circulated around the crowd that there was a terrorist attack .

The rumour, which was untrue, was sparked by a fight which broke out between several people over the right to place chairs and reserve space to watch the event. according to police. Seeing people lying on the ground, confused spectators believed that a terrorist in a truck was intentionally ploughing into members of the crowd, sparking mass panic. The incident took place at 2.10am on the morning of April , and was captured on video. At least two people were injured as a result of the thousands of fleeing spectators. One woman cut her leg on a fence and a man received a serious blow to the arm.As panic started to spread through the crowd, people began running to try to escape, including those who were part of the Cautivo procession of religious floats. Parade organisers tried to intervene in the ensuing chaos, but it took 20 minutes before calm was restored.A police officer on the scene emphasised that the situation could have been much more serious earlier in the day. He said: “If this had happened when there were more people on the street, the consequences could have been much worse.”


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