Two men gored in Spain's Pamplona bull run

Runners chased during fourth bull run at San Fermin festival in Pamplona (10 July) Image copyright EPA

Two people have been gored and several others hurt in Spain, on the fourth day of the traditional running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.

One man was gored in the leg and another in the foot when one bull raced ahead of the pack as it charged through the narrow streets of the city.

The San Fermin festival attracts thousands of tourists and an American was gored the previous day.

Bill Hillmann was seriously hurt but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Mr Hillmann, 32, has co-written a book on the festival, entitled Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. A friend said he was trying to lure a lone bull away from a crowd when he was attacked.

The two men gored on Thursday were attacked by one of the bulls as it ran the 850m- (2,800ft-) course from a pen to a bull ring. The run began at 08:00 (06:00 GMT) and lasted around two-and-a-half minutes.

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Image caption Runners fell at Estafeta corner in Pamplona as they were unable to keep ahead of the charging bulls
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Image caption Several of the runners slipped and fell

The speed of the bulls took the runners by surprise, Spanish news agency Efe reports. Several of the runners, known as "mozos", fell and were trampled as the bulls ran forward.

The two Spanish men gored by a lone black bull were taken to hospital along with five other people who suffered various injuries.

The San Fermin festival, which is opposed by animal rights activists, was made famous by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. His great-grandson Michael Hemingway was at the event on Wednesday.

Fifteen people have died since records began in 1924.

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