Monday, September 28, 2015

57 Nigeiran Pilgrims Die in Mina Stampede

The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission - Abdullahi Mukhtar at a press conference today confirmed that 54 Nigerians were killed in the Hajj stampede in Mina, near Mecca.  The pilgrims who were on their way to "stone the devil" were from several states which included:

  • Bauchi
  • Borno
  • Cross River
  •  Jigawa
  • Kano
  • Katsina
  • Nasarawa
  • Niger
  • Ogun
  • Ondo
  • Sokoto
  • Taraba
  • Yobe
  • Zamfara
Several pilgrims have been missing since Thursday and the death toll is expected to rise.  It is believed that 61 Nigerian pilgrims were injured in the stampeded. 
The bridge where the stampede occurred

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