7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Three pilgrims die in stoning ritual

MECCA: Three pilgrims were killed and 500 others suffered injuries as they jostled to perform the "stoning of the devil" ritual near Mecca.

The crush was triggered by the arrival of "a large number of African pilgrims carrying their personal belongings" to the site of the stoning in Mena called the "jamarat", reports said yesterday.

They quoted Saudi Health Minister Hamad bin Abdullah Al Mane as saying that a number of pilgrims also fell down on the site as a result of the scramble on Saturday to stone the three concrete blocks symbolising the devil.

The flow of pilgrims was interrupted for 10 minutes in order to clear the path, the reports added.

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