Know more about Halloween crowed killed, injures many in South Korea

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Two U.S. Citizens Among 153 Killed

Two Americans were among those killed in a deadly stampede during Halloween festivities in South Korea on Saturday night. At least 153 people, mostly in their teens and 20s, died after getting trapped and crushed when a huge crowd surged into a narrow alley in Itaewon, a nightlife district in Seoul.

According to Michelle Ye Hee Lee, a reporter with The Washington Post, two U.S. citizens are among the dead, they reported the news on Twitter, citing the U.S. embassy in Seoul. 

CBS New's Margaret Brennan also tweeted that two U.S. citizens were among the dead on Sunday morning. Choi Seong-beam, chief of Seoul's Yongsan fire department, said 22 foreigners were among the dead, Reuters reported. He did not confirm their nationalities. 

Meanwhile, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yoel declared a one-week national mourning period on Sunday.

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He also called for officials to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and review the safety of other large cultural and entertainment events to ensure they proceed safely. 

"This is really calamitous. The tragedy and disaster that need not have happened took place in the heart of Seoul amid Halloween," Yoon said during the speech. "I feel heavy-hearted and cannot contain my sadness as a president responsible for the people's lives and safety."

President Joe Biden released a statement on Saturday evening saying he was grieving with South Korea in the aftermath of the tragedy.