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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-31-05 11:18 AM
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Iraq Stampede Kills up to 1000,
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Posted in LBN but I wanted it here too since it is also an important tragic disaster that we should know about and be concerned about. Peace

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4199618.st...
As many as 1,000 people may have died in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi health officials have said. The incident happened on a river bridge as about a million Shias marched to a shrine for a religious festival.

Witnesses said panic spread over rumours of suicide bombers.Radical Sunni groups have often targeted Shias in the past, but Iraqi officials said the tragedy had nothing to do with sectarian tension.

Many victims, mostly women, children or elderly, were crushed or drowned.
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The government has declared three days of mourning.
More at link, pictures too.
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