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Hajj Stampede: Nahcon Confirms Death of 54 Nigerian Pilgrims

hajj stampedeThe National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed

the death of 54 Nigerians in the deadly stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during the 2015 year’s Hajj.

The Chairman of NAHCON, Mr. Abdullahi Mohammed, said that 42 out of the 54 that died were from states pilgrims’ welfare board include two NAHCON officials, while others were among those on the pilgrimage by private tour operators.

According to him, another 61 were injured injured in the stampede.

He made the confirmation in Makkah on Monday.

He also listed 15 states of Bauchi, Borno, Zamfara, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe, as those that lost pilgrims to the stampede.

The incident is said to have claimed at least 720 lives.

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