Saudi Arabia: Officials from several countries question Hajj pilgrimage death toll



    Saudi Arabia: Officials from several countries question Hajj pilgrimage death toll

    Sept.29, Mecca: It is suspected that more than 1,000 people died in last week's stampede near Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

    Officials from several countries including Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Indonesia officials have said they suspected more than 1,000 died in the stampede. The last figure given by the Saudi authorities was 769.

    A Nigerian official said that more than 1,000 bodies had been taken from the disaster site to morgues in the city of Jeddah, BBC news reported.

    A Nigerian Hajj official from Kano, Abba Yakubu, said that in total, 14 lorries loaded with bodies were brought to the city. He added that so far 1,075 bodies had been offloaded from 10 lorries and taken into the morgues. Four lorries had yet to be dealt with, he said.

    Several countries have been severely critical of the way the Saudi authorities have handled the accident's aftermath.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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