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Hundreds killed in Hajj stampede - September 24, 2015

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Hundreds of people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage were killed in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca on September 24. Saudi Arabia put the death toll at 769, but later independent analysis showed a much higher toll, exceeding 2,000, making it the deadliest tragedy of its kind to strike the pilgrimage. Hundreds of people were also injured as some two million pilgrims were taking part in the last major rite at Mina. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a probe into the disaster, which came after 111 people were killed in a crane collapse in Mecca earlier in September. It also triggered a war of words between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanding “accountability, compensation, guarantee for non-recurrence and punishment for the perpetrators of this catastrophe”. Iran said 465 of its nationals were killed. The other death tolls include Mali (254), Cameroon (76), Egypt (182), Bangladesh (137), Indonesia (126), India (116) and Pakistan (102). The deadliest-ever stampede at Hajj before this was in 1990 when more than 1,400 people were reportedly killed. The Saudi king holds the prestigious title of “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques”, and the country’s monarchy supervises the Hajj, Islam’s holiest pilgrimage. Source: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/boko-haram-death-toll Hajj pilgrimage, Mecca, Hajj stampede, Saudi Arabia, Iran, King Salman, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei