Death toll of TZ’s pilgrims rises to 32

Saturday November 21 2015

 

By Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. The government said yesterday that four more Tanzanian pilgrims have been counted dead , bringing to 32 the number of pilgrims killed in September’s stampede at Mina about five kilometers from the Islamic Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation identified the four pilgrims as Abdul Idd Hussein, Adam Abdul Adam, Rashida Adam Abdul and Khadija Abdukhalik Said.

The statement said seven pilgrims were still missing and efforts to trace them were still being done.

The statement mentioned them as Burhani Nziru Matata, Farida Khatun Abdulghani, Juma Jecha Jaku, Laila Manunga, Nassor Mohammed Hemed, Saleh Mussa Said and Shabinabanu Ismail Dinmohamed.

The stampede, the second deadly accident to hit the pilgrims this month following a crane collapse in Mecca, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said.

Bodies of pilgrims wearing traditional white clothing were left scattered by the crush, surrounded by discarded shoes, flattened water bottles and umbrellas that had been used for protection from the sun.

Tens of hundreds of pilgrims from across the world were killed in the stampede.

Nearly two million people from across the globe were attending the hajj, one of the largest annual gatherings in the world.

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