Thursday, January 12, 2006

death on the haj: this seems to happen rather often lately

Dubai, Jan. 12 - A stampede of pilgrims at the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca killed hundreds today in the second deadly incident at the pilgrimage in less than a week.

About 345 pilgrims were trampled to death in the incident, apparently when luggage fell from a bus, tripping pilgrims who were trampled by a wave of others behind them, an official at the Saudi Ministry of Interior said, speaking on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak.

Read the whole thing here.

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