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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Hajj stampede kills at least 150

At least 150 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.



(BBC)- At least 150 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.
Another 400 people were injured in the incident at Mina, the civil defence authority announced on Twitter.
The stampede occurred as more than a million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite of the Hajj.
Earlier this month, a crane collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing 109 people and injuring some 400 others.
Until this month, the Hajj had been largely incident-free for the past nine years after the Saudi authorities made a series of safety improvements.
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