Shi'ite pilgrim bus crashes in Iran

2016-11-09 16:13
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Bus. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Tehran - Iran's state TV says a bus carrying Shi'ite pilgrims has crashed, killing 26 people and wounding 16 others.

It said on Wednesday that the bus overturned in the south of the country overnight, and that the cause is being investigated.

The bus was carrying Iranian pilgrims from the city of Yazd who were travelling to the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the Arbaeen religious observance.

Tens of thousands of Iranians are expected to attend the November 20 ceremony in Karbala.

Road accidents kill an estimated 17 000 people a year in Iran, where many drivers ignore traffic laws, and where emergency services are lacking.

Read more on:    iran  |  transport  |  religion

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