160 arrested at Metallica fan riot in Colombia

Eight injured as police employ tanks and trucks to quell disturbance

Around 160 Metallica fans were arrested on Wednesday (March 10) after a riot outside the band’s gig in Bogota, Colombia.

Hundreds of ticketless fans turned up to the US group’s concert at Simón Bolívar Park and attempted to breach barriers, reports Sky News. 1,500 police officers were present outside the venue – tanks and police trucks were deployed, as the authorities had been expecting trouble.

A 45-minute riot ensued, during which four fans and four police officers were injured. One was treated for a knife wound.

Local police chief Ruben Castillo said: “The presence of police and riot teams was necessary because these misfits – there’s no other name for them – damaged some windows in the surrounding area.”

The Metallica gig was not disrupted.

In January, 120 people were arrested during a riot outside a Metallica show in Santiago, Chile.

Click below to watch footage of the riot in Colombia.