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70 dead in Bolivia carnival: Official

Published on Mar 6, 2014 6:30 AM

LA PAZ (AFP) - Carnival festivities in Bolivia left 70 people dead, most of them in road accidents but at least 15 in acts of violence, the government said on Wednesday.

Four days of partying at the carnival, an annual pre-Lenten event that draws thousands of people onto the streets, ended on Tuesday.

Police reported 70 deaths, including 37 in traffic accidents, said Interior Minister Carlos Romero.

That toll did not include another five people killed in celebrations in the city of Oruro. A metal bridge in that city collapsed under the weight of huge crowds, also leaving dozens injured.

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