Pilgrims die in stampede in Karbala

Iraq, 31 pilgrims died in a stampede at a major shrine in Karbala where they were marking the Ashoura procession yesterday. Panic broke out when a walkway reportedly collapsed during the ritual commemorations. Iraq’s Health Ministry Spokesman Saif al-Badr said the toll could rise further as another 100 people were injured. At least 10 among the wounded pilgrims are in a critical condition.

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