38 girls killed in Swaziland crash

JOHANNESBURG: At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday. 

About 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday, the Swaziland solidarity network said in a statement. The young women and girls were allegedly travelling on the back of an open truck, the rights group said. 

Police in Swaziland, a small mountainous country of 1.4 million people bordering northeastern South Africa and Mozambique, discouraged reporting on the accident, said the group. Photographers were prevented from taking pictures at the scene, said a Swazi journalist who insisted on anonymity for security reasons. 

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