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Two gored as crowds take on second bull run of famous Pamplona festival

At least two people have been gored and several more injured during the second running of the bulls in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

One person was gored in the arm at the San Fermin festival while the other was struck in the gluteus, Red Cross spokesman Jose Aldaba said.

Televised images showed a bull thrusting its horn into a man's buttocks before flipping him into the street.

Another man's arm was impaled and he was dragged for several metres before the bull flung him off.

The Red Cross said another five people were also receiving treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries received during the frantic and crowded run.

The bulls from the ranch of Jose Escolar completed the 850m cobbled-street course in just over four minutes. Three minutes is considered average.

The run took longer than usual because one bull broke away from the pack.

The lone bull was guided through the course by castrated bulls trained to accompany it to the bullring, where rogue bulls face almost certain death in a bullfight.

This was the third consecutive year featuring Jose Escolar bulls and the third that one of the six bulls has separated from the pack.

Two Americans and a Spaniard were gored on Friday's first running. All three were treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

The nine-day San Fermin fiesta, which attracts tens of thousands of people from Spain and abroad, was made famous by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

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