Wednesday, August 31, 2005

1,000 Die in Iraq Stamped Fueled by Terror Rumor

From Top News Article Reuters.com:

Up to 1,000 Iraqi Shi'ites might have died in a stampede on a Tigris River
bridge in Baghdad on Wednesday, panicked by rumors a suicide bomber was about to
blow himself up, government officials told Reuters.

Most victims were women and children who 'died by drowning or being
trampled' after panic swept a throng of thousands as they headed to a religious
ceremony, an Interior Ministry official said.

'An hour ago the death toll was 695 killed, but we expect it to hit
1,000,' said Dr Jaseb Latif Ali, a general manager at Iraq's Health
Ministry.