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Bangladeshi hajj pilgrim dies in Saudi road accident

Published: August 17, 2019 13:47:30 | Updated: August 17, 2019 21:14:24


A Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrim was killed and several injured on Saturday when a bus crashed due to a tyre burst in Saudi Arabia.

The incident occurred 100 km away from Madinah in Wadi al-Fara around 11:00 am local time on Saturday, said Fakhrul Islam, first secretary (press) to the Bangladesh embassy.

The casualties could not be identified immediately, reports bdnews24.

After completing the Hajj rituals, the Bangladeshi pilgrims were travelling to Madinah to visit the grave of Prophet Muhammad, said Secretary Fakhrul.

“One of the tyres of the bus burst, causing the accident. There were 35 passengers on board.”

Of the injured people -- some of whom were in critical condition -- four have been admitted to Wadi al-Fara Hospital, eight to King Fahad Hospital, seven to Miqat Hospital and two victims were taken to Ohud Hospital.

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