1 September 2005

Secretary-General Greatly Saddened at Pilgrims' Deaths in Baghdad

NEW YORK, 31 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has learned with great sadness of the human tragedy that took place today in Baghdad when a large number of pilgrims, many of them women and children, died in the crush of a crowd crossing a bridge over the Tigris River.

The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the Government of Iraq and to the families of the bereaved.

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