Police were called to the Thomas Restobar in the Los Olivos district of Peru’s capital on Saturday evening to put an end to an illegal party attended by more than 120 people.
In an official statement, the Interior Ministry said the police had not used “any type of weapon or tear gas to clean the premises.” When people started to flee the 2nd floor room trying to get away from the police, they were run over on the stairs.
Police said in a statement they have opened an investigation to identify the owners of the nightclub and those responsible for the event. Police said 23 people were arrested.
“The Interior Ministry deeply regrets the deaths of 13 people as a result of the criminal irresponsibility of an unscrupulous business owner,” the statement said.