Teenage boy, 16, stabbed to death and 17 others injured after knifemen storm music festival in southern France

  • Youngster killed in violent brawl outside a village hall at 2am in Crepol
  • Two more were rushed to the emergency section of Valence Hospital 
  • Fight broke out after group of ten with blades were refused entry to the event 

A teenage boy as been stabbed to death during a brawl in a French village after a grup of youths with blades tried to enter a local festival.

A further eight people have been injured, after the ten youngsters tried to enter the event taking place in the Crepol village hall, near Drome, in south-east France at 2am this morning.

Two of those were rushed to the emergency section of Valence Hospital, while a further eight were taken care of by firefighters in a state of shock.

According to the village’s mayor, Martine Lagut, the festival was a ‘very simple ball’ organized for 16 and 17-year-olds from the surrounding areas.

France Bleu Drôme Ardèche reports that the security guard at the entrance to the hall stopped the gang from entering the party, leading to a violent stabbing brawl breaking out in the village which is home to around 500 people.

According to the village’s mayor, Martine Lagut, the festival was a ‘very simple ball’ organized for 16 and 17-year-olds from the surrounding areas

According to the Valencia prosecutor’s office, the security guard was stabbed and injured in the attack.

The 16-year-old is believed to have died on his way to the Lyon University Hospital.

The motive for the attack remains under investigation and the attackers remain on the run.

Mayor Lagut said to French news outlet Actu17: ‘They [the attackers] did not come to have fun but to cause harm. This tragedy is mourning a family. They were children aged 16-17 from the surrounding villages who were there.

‘Parents had already come to pick up their children. But some found themselves in the wrong place and at the wrong time. They were leaving and these young people arrived with knives to attack them for free.’

The teenager who was killed was a member of the FC Romans-Péage rugby club, a short drive from Crepol.

The club posted a photo of the young victim on Facebook, with the caption: ‘What can we say in the face of the barbarity and the tragedy which affects us this morning.

‘The club is touched in its flesh on November 19. Sport seems very futile to us.’

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