Road accident in Senegal kills 18, leaves 16 wounded
AFPDAKAR -- A minibus and a coach packed with pilgrims collided Tuesday in western Senegal, killing at least 18 people and leaving another 16 wounded, emergency services said.
January 3, 2013, 11:55 am TWN
The accident brought to 26 the number of people killed in the past two days in road accidents involving members of the Senegalese Muslim Mouride brotherhood heading to the town of Touba for their annual pilgrimage.
“A head-on collision between a bus and a minibus ... left 18 dead, 13 seriously wounded and three more with light wounds,” a member of the fire brigade involved in the rescue effort told AFP.
The wounded were taken to the larger town of Thies, west of the capital Dakar, for treatment.
The Magal pilgrimage commemorates the 1895 exile to Gabon of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, who founded the Mouride brotherhood in 1883.