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Gangnam Style dance craze inspires gun battle

Published: 1:08PM Sunday September 23, 2012 Source: ONE News

  • Korean pop star Psy performing Gangnam Style dance moves. (Source: ONE News)
    Korean pop star Psy performing Gangnam Style dance moves. - Source: ONE News

A dance craze that has had more than 220 million Youtube views and sparked numerous parodies has inspired a violent dance-off between two rival gangs in Thailand.

Local Thai news INN reports two gangs were dining in the same restaurant in the upmarket Ekkamai neighbourhood in Bangkok when "the younger members of both groups danced provocatively at each other in the manner of top hit Gangnam Style".

The dance-off then turned in to an argument where one of the gangs fired at least 50 bullets from a carbine and an 11 millimetre gun.

No one was injured in the incident, police Lt Col Apichart Thongchandee told the Bangkok Post.  He said the two gangs had a history of confrontation and would face arrest warrants.

Many cars and vehicles parked on the road were damaged but no one was injured during the fight, he said.

"We now know who all the attackers are. After questioning all the witnesses and inspecting the firearms, we will seek arrest warrants for them," said the police inspector.

The song at the centre of the stand-off, Gangnam Style by Korean pop star Psy, has become the first K-pop song to reach number one in the UK charts, according to the BBC.

The track features Psy's distinctive dance style said to emulate "riding an invisible horse in your lower body".

The video, which mocks the affluent Seoul suburb Gangnam, features Park doing the dance all over the city with a range of women.

Psy has recently signed a deal with Justin Bieber's management team.