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Three die in crush

Three young women have died in a stampede at a Hungarian nightclub.

Five people, including the organisers of the event, were taken into custody.

Thousands of people were caught up in the stampede late on Saturday at the West-Balkan nightclub in downtown Budapest. The victims may have been trampled by the rushing crowd, said police, who denied reports that the victims were stabbed.

According to officials, the venue was functioning without a full permit and being allowed to operate with a maximum capacity of 300 people.