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11 Bangladeshis feared dead in Saudi bus accident

Identities will be confirmed once DNA tests are done

Update : 19 Oct 2019, 11:20 PM

A total of eleven Bangladeshi nationals were among the passengers in a bus when it collided with another vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina on Wednesday.

However, their fate is yet to be confirmed.

Shortly after the accident, the bus carrying the pilgrims, travelling from Medina to Mecca, caught fire killing at least 36 people.

First Secretary (Labour) at Consulate General of Bangladesh in Jeddah K M Salahuddin, in a statement on Saturday, said there were 40 passengers in the bus when the accident took place and that there were no Bangladeshis among the four injured.

There were 13 Bangladeshis in the bus that was travelling from Riyadh to Mecca via Medina. Among them, two of the Bangladeshi passengers got down from the bus in Medina.

The consulate general have so far managed name of 10 of the Bangladeshi nationals, read the statement.

DNA samples of the dead were collected at Al Miqat Hospital and initiatives will be taken to trace their identity if the family members or relatives contact the hospital, it said.

However, it is not possible right now to say whether they include any Bangladeshi or not, it added.

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