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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Newsflash: Over 600 trampled to death in Baghdad

In today's OTHER huge disaster (I'm looking at you Katrina) hundreds of people, including many women and children, were trampled to death in a massive stampede on a bridge over the river Tigris.

Nearly 650 Iraqi Shi'as died in a stampede on a Tigris River bridge in
Baghdad on Wednesday, panicked by rumours a suicide bomber was about to blow himself up, an interior ministry official told Reuters. Most victims were women and children who "died by drowning or being trampled" after panic swept a throng of thousands of people heading to a religious ceremony, the official said.

Via IOL News

Update: According to CNN the death toll is now at 965. It may also be interesting to note that this story is the 10th one down on CNN's top stories list, narrowly pipping an article entitled "Study: Male chromosome to stick around." 11:05 PM GMT


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