FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018 file photo a man touches a lifeless body on the ground outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, after a stampede at a rap concert killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event. Italian police have arrested six men on charges of manslaughter for allegedly using pepper spray to carry out thefts at a concert for teens, triggering a stampede that killed six people. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)

Italian police arrest 6 in nightclub stampede that killed 6

August 03, 2019 - 7:12 am

MILAN (AP) — Italian police have arrested six men on manslaughter charges for allegedly using pepper spray to carry out thefts at a concert for teens, triggering a stampede that killed six people last year.

Authorities announced the arrests Saturday, nearly eight months after a rap concert for teens near Adriatic coastal city of Ancona ended in tragedy on Dec. 8. The six, all men ages 19-22, were part of a gang based in the northern city of Modena that hit nightclubs in northern and central Italy with the aim of robbing unsuspecting club-goers.

They are under investigation for manslaughter and for causing injury to 197 others.

Survivors said panic spread after the pepper spray was unleashed. The victims were five teens, ages 14-16, and a 39-year-old mother who had accompanied her daughter.

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