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Hajj stampede: 355 Nigerians involved, 99 confirmed dead

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Thursday said 355 Nigerians were involved in the Mina Stampede, out of whom 99 were confirmed dead, reports VANGUARD.

Saudi emergency personnel stand near bodies of Hajj pilgrims at the site where at least 717 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. 

The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said.

More than 769 pilgrims from across the world lost their lives and 1000 others injured in the Sept. 24 stampede in one of the roads leading to Jamarat Complex (stone throwing site) in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

Dr Saleh Okenwa, the Commissioner in charge of Information, Research and Library Service, NAHCON, told newsmen in Mecca.

Okenwa also said that 214 pilgrims were still missing, adding that investigation was ongoing to ascertain their where about.

He said out of the 355 pilgrims involved, 99 were confirmed dead, 42 injured and 214 were still missing as at Oct. 7.

He also said that of the 99 deceased pilgrims, 73 were transported by state pilgrims welfare agencies, and 26 by tour operators.

Okenwa also said that the 42 injured pilgrims comprised 41 transported by the state pilgrims’ welfare boards and one by tour operators.

He commissioner said 194 Nigerians of the 214 pilgrims missing were airlifted by the state pilgrims’ welfare agencies, and 20 by tour operators.

Okenwa said only seven of the 42 injured pilgrims were still on admission

Courtesy: VANGUARD

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