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Sixteen Westlife Fans Injured
25 May 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

According to NME.COM, sixteen Westlife fans have been injured and rushed to hospital after a stampede at an appearance by the band in Jakarta.

NME.COM states that the Asia Times reported that a brawl broke out between police and concert security five minutes into the concert. A surge towards the stage at the end of the concert resulted in some fans being crushed. Two hundred medics, ambulances and fire engines were around the venue but nothing could be done.

A police spokesperson said that there had been no deaths and all sixteen were released after treatment. Reports say that police were seen chasing security guards, causing panic.

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