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Grand Mosque accident: Two Indians among 107 killed

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on September 12, 2015
Pilgrims and first responders gather at the site of a crane collapse that killed dozens inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. (AP Photo)

At least 107 people were killed and 238 injured after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah.

The ministry of external affairs on Saturday said that two Indians were among the 107 killed in the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia.

"Our officials from the Indian Consulate in Jeddah have been on the ground and monitoring the situation through the night. Regrettably we have been informed that two Indians have been killed in the unfortunate accident," officials of the ministry said on their website.

The statement also added that 15 Indians have been injured and were being treated in various hospitals.

"These include 11 from the Haj Committee of India and four from private tour operators," officials said.

The mission has published its 24/7 helpline (00966125458000/00966125496000) and toll free number (8002477786 for pilgrims within the kingdom), the statement said.

At least 107 people were killed and 238 injured after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, the media reported.

President, PM condole deaths in Grand Mosque accident

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the deaths in the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia.

President Mukherjee, in a tweet said: "Heartfelt condolences to families of deceased due to crane crash in Mecca, prayers for speedy recovery of the injured."

Modi said: "My thoughts & prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in the crane crash in Mecca. I wish the injured a quick recovery."

At least 107 people were killed and 238 injured after a crane collapsed on to the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, the media reported on Friday.


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