At least 31 people were killed and another 100 injured on Tuesday during a Shia Muslim religious observance of Ashura in Iraq’s southern holy city of Karbala.
At least 10 people were feared dead in critical condition due to the death issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Health. The ministry did not reveal how they were killed, but the temple official told news agencies that a stampede broke out at the entrance to the ornate building.
The annual pilgrimage marking the death of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein in the war in 680 brings thousands of Shia Muslims to Karbala from all over the world.
Hussein’s death in a battle in Karbala, led by the Islamic community, is one of the defining events among scholars between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
The ritual to commemorate Hussein’s death involves a self-flagellation, with a crowd of mourners and some beating their heads with blades. There has been a stampede in the past.