At least 31 people have been killed due to panic in Karbala

At least 31 people have been killed and dozens injured in result of panic and disorder on the eve of Ashur in the Iraqi city of Karbala.

According to international media reports, the incident occurred in the city of Karbala, 100 km south of the capital, Baghdad, where a large number of people tried to pass a small passage at once and the passage collapsed which caused the death of at least 31 people.

Iraqi Ministry of Health spokesman Saif al-Badr confirmed the death of 16 people, saying more than 70 were injured.


Fifteen killed at Karbala wedding party: police

Fifteen killed at Karbala wedding party: police

BAGHDAD: At least 15 people were killed at a wedding party near Iraq’s southern city of Karbala late on Sunday, police said on Monday.

A police statement said five assailants including a suicide bomber attacked the celebration in Ain al-Tamr, west of Karbala.

The group opened fire with machine guns and threw hand grenades at the party, the statement said, and security forces killed all the attackers.

Initial reports in local media late on Sunday, citing security sources, blamed the killings on a dispute between two tribes at the wedding party in Ain al-Tamr.

The previous bombings targeting Shia cities were claimed by the militant Islamic State group, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that controls parts of northern and western Iraq.

There were no claims of responsibility for Sunday’s attack, 12 hours after it happened.

Published in Dawn News