Thirty eight virgins killed in bus crash

Dozens of girls and young women were killed as they travelled to the traditional festival where the King of Swaziland is know to pick a new bride from thousands of topless, dancing virgins.

At least 38 died when the open-topped truck collided with another vehicle, before being hit by a second truck as it travelled along a motorway between the Swazi cities of Mbabane and Manzini on Friday afternoon.

The girls were all taking part in the Swazi Reed Dance Festival, an annual event which sees tens of thousands of unmarried girls – or ‘maidens’ – perform for King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch.