Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Makkah accident dead laid to rest

The morgue in Mina has begun releasing the bodies of the victims of Friday’s crane crash tragedy, with those conclusively identified by their relatives and consulates buried at a local graveyard on Monday.

“The funeral prayers for 10 of the 11 Indian victims were held at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after Isha prayer,” said Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak.

Of the two Britons who died in the accident, one, Qasim Akram, from Bolton, was buried in Makkah after Fajr on Monday, said British Consul General Mohammed Shokat.

The second confirmed victim from the United Kingdom, Kamran Khan from Slough, is yet to be buried because his relatives are expected to arrive from their home country.

Meanwhile, Turkey has confirmed that eight of its nationals died in the accident. Ekrem Keles, vice president of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, said the bodies of the Turkish pilgrims would be buried in the holy land as requested by their families.

The Egyptian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Afifi Abdul Wahab, said the Egyptian victims can either be buried in Makkah or their bodies sent back to their relatives if this request was made.

Tuesday 15 September 2015



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