Haj stampede: Death toll of Indians rises to 18

September 26, 2015 8:13 AM

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The death toll of Indian pilgrims in the horrific stampede during Haj rose to 18 today as Saudi Arabia grappled to come to terms with the worst tragedy to hit the annual pilgrimage in 25 years that has claimed 719 lives so far.

“Our officials on the ground in Mecca have been working continuously to ascertain information and reach out to family members of missing pilgrims. According to the latest information, 18 Indians have died in the tragedy,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said today.

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