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  • South Korea probes site of Halloween stampede
  • 561-member task force present on the spot
  • Officers analysing security, social media footage

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South Korea: investigators at the scene of Halloween stampede

Officers are analyzing footage taken by security cameras in the area at the time of the surge and related video clips posted on social media.

A team of police officers and government forensic experts arrived in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood on Monday to conduct a joint investigation in the area following a deadly crowd surge in which more than 150 died, according to local media reports.

South Korean police are investigating what caused the surge during Halloween festivities in Seoul over the weekend in the country’s worst disasters in years, as President Yoon Suk Yeol and other residents paid respects to the dead at temporary mourning sites.

Saturday’s deadly crowd surge happened at a sloped, narrow alley in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district, with witnesses and survivors recalling a “hell-like” chaos of people falling on each other “like dominoes."

They say the entire Itaewon area was extremely jammed with slow-moving vehicles and partygoers clad in Halloween costumes, making it impossible for rescuers and ambulances to reach the site in time.

Police launched a 561-member task force to delve into details of the crush, the Interior and Safety Ministry said in a release.

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Officers are analysing footage taken by security cameras in the area at the time of the surge and related video clips posted on social media.

They were also interviewing witnesses to find exactly when and where the crowd surge started and how it developed, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

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