The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General learned with deep sorrow of the loss of life and injuries that occurred near the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq.
A large number of worshippers were present on the site to commemorate Ashura, including nationals from Iraq and other countries.
The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured. The United Nations stands ready to support the Government in dealing with this tragedy.