Panic on Bridge Kills Hundreds in Baghdad At least 648 people were killed Wednesday when panic engulfed a Shiite religious procession on a bridge in Baghdad. Rumors had spread that a suicide bomber was about to attack, officials told Associated Press.
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Panic on Bridge Kills Hundreds in Baghdad

In Iraq, about 650 people die and hundreds more are injured in a stampede on a bridge over the Tigris River. The victims are mostly women and children, who were on their way to a Shiite Muslim religious festival. Rumors that a suicide bomber was planning to attack the crowd caused panic, according to officials.