Three gored in last San Fermin bull run

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Five runners were injured, three of them by goring, in the last running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival today, officials said.

Bulls were seen falling and tossing people on the slippery, damp cobblestone streets of Pamplona, where a red bull at the tail of the pack fell and became separated from the rest.

Navarra Hospital doctor Fernando Boneta said five runners were taken to hospital. One of those gored was injured in the abdomen, another was gored in the armpit and the third suffered an arm injury. Dr Boneta did not specify what the other injuries were.

The eighth and final running of the year's festival took 4 minutes and 23 seconds, a relatively long time because the last bull turned and charged backwards at least three times.

Later, the regional government of Navarra said in a statement that the number of injured had risen to nine, including a 30-year-old Irish citizen, a New Zealander aged 26 from Auckland, and seven Spaniards from four different regions of the country.