Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Nearly 1,000 dead in bridge collapse in Iraq

What a sad couple of days. Mass deaths on both sides of the world today, as a bridge stampede killed nearly 1,000 in Iraq:
Almost 1,000 people are known to have died in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi health officials have said.

So far, there have been at least 965 confirmed deaths, making the incident the single biggest loss of Iraqi life since the US-led invasion in 2003.

The incident happened on a river bridge as about a million Shias marched to a shrine for a religious festival.

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