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Three people killed during traditional bull runs in eastern Spain

Spectators watch a bull run during a "Pena Taurina" through the streets in Meliana, near Valencia.
Spectators watch a bull run during a "Pena Taurina" through the streets in Meliana, near Valencia. Copyright JOSE JORDAN / AFP, FILE
Copyright JOSE JORDAN / AFP, FILE
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Emergency services said the victims had all died during festivities in the Valencia region.

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Three people, including a French tourist, have died in eastern Spain after being gored during bull runs.

Two of the victims, aged 50 and 56, were killed after being violently hit by bulls on Tuesday in the suburbs of the city of Valencia.

Emergency services also confirmed that a French tourist in their 60s died in hospital on Monday, ten days after he was gored in a village near Alicante.

Traditional bull runs ("bous al carrer") are held every summer in Spain as villages celebrate their patron saint.

The most famous bull runs take place as part of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, where hundreds of runners are chased by six fighting bulls in an 850-metre race through the city's cobbled streets.

This year six people were gored during the festivities, but no serious injuries had been reported.

Animal rights groups have long complained about the practice of bull runs.

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