July 28, 2013 8:33 am

A 16-year-old boy gored to death in running of the bulls

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 15: Revellers get overcome by emotion after ceremony of the 'Pobre de Mi' that marked the end of the San Fermin festival on July 15, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14.

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MADRID, Spain – Police say a 16-year-old boy has been gored to death at a running-of-the-bulls festival celebrating the patron saint of a Spanish town.

The youth was gored in the back while celebrating Saturday’s Apostle James feast at Isso, 322 kilometres southeast of Madrid.

A police spokesman says he died hours later after two operations failed to repair massive liver injuries.

A 60-year-old man was also injured when he was gored in a leg.

Fiestas including bulls are common in Spain, and critics and aficionados alike often agree that security is lax at many small town bull runs.

That means almost anyone can participate, even if they’re drunk or unfit.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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