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Dozens of swimmers attacked by carnivorous fish in Argentinian river

ROSARIO, Argentina, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- About 70 people were injured by carnivorous fish while swimming in Argentina's Parana River, wildlife officials said.

Swimmers were attacked Christmas Day in Rosario by the fish, which were described as a relative of the piranha, Argentina's state-run Telam news agency reported.

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No one was killed, but dozens of people were injured, including a 7-year-old girl who lost part of her pinky finger, Telam reported.

Ricardo Biasetti, sub-secretary for natural resources for Santa Fe province, said the incident was "isolated and insignificant."

Julian Aguilar, president of a local fishermen's group, said it was unlikely such a thing would happen again.

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