31 pilgrims killed in stampede during Ashura commemoration in Iraq


About 100 more were injured as they commemorated the death of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson

Dozens of pilgrims were killed on Tuesday after a stampede during Ashura commemorations in the Iraqi city of Karbala.

The stampede happened when part of a walkway collapsed during the ceremony at the shrine of Imam Hussein, security officials told AP.

At least 31 people died and at least 100 others were injured in the crush “towards the end of the Ashura ritual, causing panic and a stampede”, Health Ministry spokesman Saif Al Badr said, adding that the toll was expected to rise.

Ten of those hurt in the incident suffered severe injuries, Mr Al Badr said.

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