26 Ira­nian pilgrims die in bus ac­ci­dent

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

TEHRAN:

At least 26 Shi­ite Mus­lim pilgrims headed to Iraq were killed and 28 in­jured in a bus ac­ci­dent in south­ern Iran, the ISNA news agency re­ported yes­ter­day. The bus was car­ry­ing pilgrims to the shrine city of Karabla to mark the festival of Ar­baeen, when its brakes failed and it flipped over on Tues­day evening. Some 2.5 mil­lion Ira­ni­ans are ex­pected in Kar­bala this month for Ar­baeen, which marks the 40th day af­ter the death in the sev­enth cen­tury of Imam Hussein, one of the piv­otal fig­ures of the Shi­ite faith. An es­ti­mated 16,000 peo­ple were killed in road ac­ci­dents in Iran in the year to March 2016. Er­ratic driv­ing is com­mon on Iran’s roads, but there has been an im­prove­ment com­pared with a decade ago when an aver­age of around 28,000 peo­ple a year were killed.

LON­DON: Mem­bers of the emer­gency ser­vices work at the scene of a de­railed tram, in Croy­don, south Lon­don yes­ter­day. —AFP

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