31 pilgrims dead in Karbala stampede on Ashura

At least 31 pilgrims died on Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in Iraq’s Karbala where they were marking the holy day of Ashura, the Iraqi health ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr said the toll could rise even further, as another 100 people were injured including 10 in critical condition.

याे पनि पढ्नुस  इरानसँगको परमाणु सम्झौतामा दुई फ्याक भए अमेरिका र इयु

It is the deadliest stampede in recent history during Ashura, when Shia pilgrims from around the world swarm Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein — Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) grandson.

On Tuesday, packed processions of black-clad worshipers made their way to his gold-domed shrine in Karbala, carrying black flags with “Hussein” written in red and wailing loudly.

याे पनि पढ्नुस  वेश्यावृत्ति बढाएको भन्दै १२ मोडेललाई ६ वर्ष जेल सजाय

Similar ceremonies took place in the capital Baghdad and in the southern cities of Najaf and Basra.

Under ex-dictator Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime, the vast majority of Ashura commemorations were banned. Now, the day is a national holiday, with streets across the country shuttered to allow for elaborate re-enactments of the Battle of Karbala.

याे पनि पढ्नुस  इरानमा ६.० म्याग्नीच्यूडको शक्तिशाली भूकम्प

In 2005, at least 965 pilgrims heading to the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad during a different holiday died after rumours of a suicide bomber in the crowd sparked a mass stampede.

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