January 21, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An explosion tore through a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Pakistani media reports said the bus was traveling from the Iranian border through volatile Balochistan province when it was struck about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the assistant commissioner in Mastung district, told reporters that at least 32 people were injured. Two vehicles carrying security forces who were escorting the pilgrims' buses were also damaged in the blast, officials said.
June 13, 1993 |
A driver plowed into a procession of Roman Catholic pilgrims, killing four people and injuring 20, police said Saturday. The pilgrims were struck as they walked down a highway through the rain late Friday toward the medieval cloister at Andechs. Police arrested the 21-year-old driver, but charges were not immediately announced.
July 8, 2010 |
Explosions targeting pilgrims at a Shiite religious festival have claimed dozens of lives this week. But pilgrims streaming to a Baghdad shrine Thursday made it clear that, no matter their feelings of frustration over a bleak political horizon and ongoing bloodshed, they valued the opportunity to express their faith. There were fresh attacks Thursday, killing 13 people as pilgrims continued to visit the shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim, a Shiite saint believed to have been poisoned in captivity in 799. Five bombings targeted pilgrims in Shiite areas of east Baghdad, according to police.
August 5, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Gunmen kidnapped dozens of Iranian pilgrims on a trip to strife-torn Syria on Saturday, the latest in a series of abductions that have targeted citizens of Iran, a major international ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The pilgrims - the number was variously reported as 47 and 48 - were kidnapped by "armed opposition groups" as they were heading from the Damascus airport to a home in the suburbs of the capital, the official Iranian news service reported. They were planning to visit a major Shiite Muslim shrine on the southern outskirts of Damascus.
November 30, 2008 |
Hamas police set up checkpoints across Gaza to prevent pilgrims from leaving for a holy Muslim ritual in Saudi Arabia, beating some who tried to dodge barriers, witnesses said. The Islamic militants who rule Gaza were upset that the pilgrims had coordinated their journey with Hamas' rival, the Palestinian Authority. The authority, based in the West Bank, is run by the Fatah movement. Hamas seized control of Gaza from Fatah-allied forces last year, and animosity between the rivals has grown in recent months.
August 31, 2004 |
Thanksgiving Day on the Mississippi River has everything a good holiday should: famine, floods and gunslingers. Slouched on an indent in the muck called Last Chance Landing, the three Osceola, Ark., pilgrims we meet choose to give thanks by shooting glass bottles into the dirty trough of water we call home. After 51 days spent rafting the river together, Marcus Eriksen and I are aware that, when we stop to ask for directions, our unwashed hair and multiple layers of clothing may constitute some sort of threat.