Death toll in Hajj stampede hits 310

Posted by News Express | 24 September 2015 | 2,479 times

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At least 310 Hajj pilgrims have now been confirmed killed and another 450 injured in the stampede that took place today near the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, according to a Saudi official.

Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defence Unit has confirmed that at least 310 people had been killed in a stampede in the town of Mina, which occurred as pilgrims performed a ritual in which they threw stones at a structure representing the devil.

Officials previously reported 220 as having been killed in the stampede.

Civil Defence Unit officials said operations were still underway to find and treat the injured.

According to Saudi officials, some 2 million Muslims from around the world are participating in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.

•Adapted from an Anadolu Agency (AA) report. Photo by AA shows some of the pilgrims injured in the stampede being given first aid.

Source: News Express

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