Ashura toll climbs to 31

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BAGHDAD, Sept 10, (Agen­cies): At least 31 peo­ple died and an­other 100 were wounded on Tues­day dur­ing the Shi’ite Mus­lim re­li­gious rituals of Ashura in Iraq’s south­ern holy city of Ker­bala, in what an of­fi­cial at its Imam Hus­sein shrine de­scribed as a stampede.

The death toll re­leased by the Iraqi Health Min­istry was ex­pected to rise, with at least 10 peo­ple in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The min­istry did not dis­close how they had been killed but the shrine of­fi­cial told Reuters the stampede took place at the en­trance to the or­nate build­ing.

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