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    At least 600 people have been killed in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.

    The incident happened on a bridge over the Tigris River as about one million Shias marched to a shrine for an annual religious festival.

    Witnesses said panic spread because of rumours that suicide bombers were in the crowd. Many victims were crushed to death or fell in the river and drowned.

    Earlier mortar rounds had been fired into the crowd, killing 16 people.

    About 36 others were injured when four mortar rounds landed close to the Kadhimiya mosque.

    It was clearly intended to foment sectarian tensions, the BBC's John Brain in Baghdad says.

    Iraqis are currently preparing to vote on a proposed constitution for their country, with Shia and Sunnis sharply divided on its contents.

    Wednesday is the last day the majority of Iraqis can register to vote in October's referendum on a new constitution, our correspondent says.

    Television pictures showed large crowds of Shia pilgrims gathering at the mosque to mark the martyrdom of the 8th Century religious figure Imam Musa al-Kadhim.

    The stampede was apparently triggered by rumours that suicide bombers could be among the pilgrims, causing panic.

    Iron railings on the Aima bridge leading to the shrine gave way in the crush, and hundreds of people fell into the water.

    Health officials said more than 640 deaths have been accounted for and there were more than 230 injured, but the number of fatalities could rise.

    "We have lost count, we have hundreds and hundreds of dead and injured," a Health Ministry official told the Reuters news agency.

    "We can't tell how many are dead. Many bodies are still in the river," the official added.

    As the number of dead and injured continued to rise, Baghdad's hospitals struggled to cope, with many bodies and injured people left lying in corridors and on pavements outside.

    The government has declared three days of mourning, state-owned television reported, quoting a statement by Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/4199618.stm

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