Tuesday, September 6, 2011 Voodoo Car Crash

From Emirates247.com (UAE):
Magic blamed for road mishap

Published Friday, September 02, 2011

A Saudi man and his family suffered from medium injuries when their car overturned in the Gulf Kingdom and police believe the accident could have been caused by magic, press reports said on Friday.

Police checking the damaged car found pieces of human nails and hair tied to each other and wrapped in a handkerchief, which was concealed under one seat, Ajel Daily said in a report from the northwestern town of Hail.

“Security officials believe the accident was caused by magic after finding those items in the car…the maid was with the family when the accident occurred but it was not immediately known if she was involved in the magic work.”

While obviously magic didn't really cause the accident, it's interesting that the car does appear to have been cursed by someone. I wonder how long the talisman had been in the car and who placed it there. While I hear lots of witchcraft stories coming out of Sub-Saharan Africa, I don't often come across any from Arab countries. Maybe these types of stories get underreported as they don't really fit into our narrative about the Islamic world. On the other hand, the UAE hosts a lot of foreign "guest workers" who are treated rather infamously by their employers; it's not unlikely that the sorcerous time-bomb came from one of them.