Cuellár festival sees 12th bull-run fatality of summer

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A MAN was killed by a bull in Cuellár, near Segovia, at what’s believed to be the oldest bull run in Spain. The man, in his 60s, died instantly when a bull charged and caught him in the chest on Sunday (August 30). 

The victim, a visitor to the town from the Basque Country, became the 12th person to die in this summer’s season of bull runs in Spain. It’s the highest number of fatalities in a season for 15 years.

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The running of the bulls in Cuellár continued on Monday without injuries, although three bulls escaped from their enclosure. The festival dates back to at least 1215, when a request was made to forbid priests from running with the bulls, although it’s believed to have its origins in pagan customs before the arrival of Christianity.




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