AP Count From Saudi Hajj Disaster Shows Over 1,260 Killed

October 8, 2015 12:09 PM

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A crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,264 people during the annual hajj pilgrimage to the kingdom, an Associated Press count showed Thursday.

The AP count of dead from the disaster — the worst tragedy to strike the hajj in a quarter-century — is based on tolls offered by 17 countries through their officials or state media broadcasts, saying specifically the deceased were killed Sept. 24 in Mina, near Mecca.

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