Metallica fans riot at Bogota gig

Police arrest roughly 160 fans at Colombia gig

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Roughly 160 Metallica fans were arrested on Wednesday (March 10) following riots outside their gig in Bogota, Colombia.

The troubles flared after hundreds of ticketless fans turned up to the US group’s concert at Simón Bolívar Park and tried to breach barriers, reports Sky News.

A 45-minute riot ensued, during which 1,500 police officers fought fans, backed up with trucks and tanks. Four fans and four police officers were injured. One was treated for a knife wound.

Local police chief Ruben Castillo said: “The presence of police and riot teams was necessary because these misfits – there’s no other name for them – damaged some windows in the surrounding area.”

Despite the trouble, the Metallica gig was not disrupted.

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