Hajj Board Urges Calm As Stampede In Mecca Kills More Than 700 People

The Hajj Board is urging families whose relatives are currently on the Hajj pilgrimage to keep calm as it works to ascertain how many Nigerians could have been involved Thursday’s stampede in Mecca.

The incident is reported to have killed at least 717 people so far with another 863 people injured when about two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite, ‘stoning the devil’.

Chairman of (FAAN) confirmed to naijadopest, no Nigerian pilgrim had as at Thursday evening been identified as part of the victims.

He however noted some Nigerians are likely to be involved in the incident, the deadliest in 25 years – causing fear and panic at the Nigerian camp.

(FAAN) chairman says they are monitoring the situation to take the necessary steps.

He said “we hope that even if there are going to be casualties it will be minimal. As for the deaths we cannot guarantee and I just want our people back home to know that we will do everything possible to identify our who are in the incident if there are any and if they are not too we will make that known”.

He also says how soon the identification process would be completed depends on the Saudi Authorities the board is working with.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after the incident.

It is the deadliest incident to occur during the pilgrimage in 25 years.

The king said there was a need "to improve the level of organisation and management of movement" of pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the head of Saudi Arabia’s central Hajj committee has put the blame of the stampede on “some pilgrims with African Nationalities”.
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