Karbala stampede

Karbala Stampede
Karbala is located in Iraq
Karbala
Karbala
Karbala (Iraq)
Date10 September 2019 (2019-09-10)
LocationKarbala, Iraq
Coordinates32°36′59″N 44°02′01″E / 32°36′59″N 44°02′01″E / 32.61639; 44.03361
TypeStampede
Deaths31
Non-fatal injuries102[1]

On 10 September 2019, 32 people were killed and approximately 100 more were injured in a human stampede during Ashura processions in Karbala, Iraq.

Background

Ashura is an important holiday in the Islamic calendar, marking the death of Husayn ibn Ali (Imam Hussein), a grandson of prophet Muhammad. He was killed in 680 AD in the Battle of Karbala which became a central event to Shia Islam. Since then, the first ten days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, are a national holiday in Shia Islamic countries, with the tenth day culminating in Ashura.[2]

The Ashura day of mourning in Karbala was the target of a terrorist attack in 2004, when simultaneous bombings in Karbala and Najaf killed 134 people.[2] A 2005 stampede had occurred in Baghdad during a similar event, caused by word that the event might be subject to a terrorist bombing.[2] More recently, several attacks on Ashura processions have been perpetrated by Sunni extremists.[3]

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