16 Sene­galese pil­grim­age killed in road ac­ci­dents

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DAKAR — At least 16 peo­ple have been killed and hun­dreds of oth­ers in­jured in ac­ci­dents in Sene­gal in re­cent days as pil­grims headed to a ma­jor Sufi Mus­lim re­li­gious gath­er­ing, fire­fight­ers said on Sun­day.

Mil­lions of peo­ple were mak­ing their jour­ney home from the town of Touba in cen­tral Sene­gal on Sun­day, a day af­ter the so-called Ma­gal cer­e­mony — the high point of the an­nual pil­grim­age — was held.

Mul­ti­ple road ac­ci­dents this week left 16 dead and 572 wounded as peo­ple made their way to Touba, said Moussa Niang, spokesman for the fight­ers, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, a child drowned in Touba, some 200km east of the cap­i­tal Dakar, Niang said.

In 2015, 15 peo­ple were killed in road ac­ci­dents as pil­grims gath­ered for the Mourides’ an­nual gath­er­ing.

The Mourides are one of four im­por­tant Sufi broth­er­hoods fol­lowed by Sene­gal’s Mus­lims, who over­whelm­ingly prac­tise a mod­er­ate ver­sion of Is­lam while fol­low­ing the teach­ings of lo­cal spir­i­tual guides.

The Mourides’ holy city of Touba, founded by Ah­madou Bamba Mbacke in 1888, has grown to be Sene­gal’s sec­ond-largest af­ter Dakar, with some 1.5 mil­lion in­hab­i­tants. — AFP

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