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Nigerians Death Toll in Hajj Stampede Hits 56 As Many Still Missing

By Ayo Balogun

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 56 Nigerian pilgrims died in the Hajj stampede last week, while about 77 others were injured and many are still missing.

This was disclosed on Sunday at a news conference in Makkah  by the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria Abdullahi Mukhtar.

The NAHCON chief said most of the victims and the injured are from the following states: Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, Taraba, Zamfara and Ogun.

“42 pilgrims under the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards have been confirmed dead alongside two officials from NAHCON. Also, 12 pilgrims who came in through tour operators  died in the stampede too.

“I think 61 state pilgrims welfare boards and 16 from tour operators (Private Hajj Operators) got injured in the stampede. We will update you as the information comes.” the NAHCON chief explained.

 

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