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Bull skewers man in Spain's opening Pamplona run

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:36 AM

PAMPLONA, Spain (AFP) - Sharp-horned fighting bulls thundered through the slippery, cobbled streets of Pamplona on Monday, skewering one daredevil in a fast, adrenaline-charged opening run of Spain’s San Fermin festival.

Thousands of white-clad runners with red scarves opened a path for the five half-tonne charging bulls and six steers, man and beast occasionally slipping and falling on the glistening cobbles of the overcast northern city.

The animals tore along a winding 848.6-metre course in just two minutes and 25 seconds, injuring five runners.

A bull gored one 52-year-old Spaniard in the groin area but his injury was not considered serious, regional health authorities said.

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