Over 31 dead in stampede at Karbala shrine

Posted In: News Date:Sep 10th, 2019

BAGHDAD: More than 30 pilgrims died and dozens were injured on Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala on the holy day of Ashura.

It is Iraq’s deadliest stampede in recent history during Ashura, whose commemorative marches had previously been targeted by extremist groups.

On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world swarmed Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
The packed processions of black-clad worshippers made their way to his gold-domed shrine, around 100 kilometres south of Baghdad, carrying flags and crying out: “We sacrifice ourselves for you, Oh Hussein!”