Thursday, 24 September 2015

220 people killed, 500 injured in stampede during Hajj outside Mecca

At least 220 pilgrims have been killed in a stampede in Mecca as millions of Muslims travel to Saudi Arabia as part of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
The stampede reportedly broke out in Mina located in the neighborhood of Mecca in Makkah Province, in western Saudi Arabia.
It is understood the number of causalities are likely to increase.
The deaths come two weeks after at least 111 pilgrims were killed when a giant construction crane collapsed on the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Saudi Arabia has partly blamed the construction giant Saudi Binladin Group for the collapse of a crane.
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