A bus carrying 20 Indian pilgrims to Qom in Iran met with an accident on 15 April killing one and injuring several others. The Indian pilgrims were on their way to visit the holy city located 146 km to the south of Tehran.

The deceased was identified as 14-year-old Kulsum Fatima.

“I have got the report from Indian Embassy in Tehran. A bus carrying 20 Indian pilgrims on way to Qom met with an accident last night. Unfortunately, we lost Ms.Kulsum Fatima aged 14 years because of head injuries,” informed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter.

She added that one of the injured is undergoing treatment in the ICU while others have been discharged.

“Another Indian national Mohammad Ali is in the ICU. Eighteen Indian nationals were discharged after first aid. Our mission staff is in the hospital to provide any assistance,” she wrote.

 

Qom is considered one of the holiest places in Shia Islam and is the second most sacred city in Iran after Mashhad. The city is the centre for religious studies in Iran and has the country’s largest theological school, the Hawza ‘Ilmiyya Qom.

The shrine of Fatima Masumeh is the holiest religious site in Qom.