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Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrim killed, several injured in road accident in Saudi Arabia

  • Published at 07:15 pm August 17th, 2019
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File photo: Hajj Pilgrims seen praying on a hajj flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines before leaving to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj Focus Bangla

The identities of the victims could not be known immediately

A Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrim has been killed, and several others have been injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia.

The incident occurred 100km away from Medina in Wadi al-Fara around 11am, when the tyre of the bus carrying Hajj pilgrims burst on Saturday.

The identities of the victims could not be known immediately.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune,  Nazrul Islam, deputy chief of mission at the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh said: "One of our fellow Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrim has died in a bus accident. Several others were also injured accident.

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"We are yet to get all the information regarding the accident, but as I was told that a number of Bangladeshis were among the injured, our embassy is working on the matter to ascertain what has actually happened." 

He added: "After completing the Hajj rituals, the Bangladeshi pilgrims were travelling to Medina to visit the grave of Prophet Muhammad. One of the tyres of the bus burst, causing the accident. There were 35 passengers on board."

Of the injured -- some were in critical condition -- four have been admitted to Wadi al-Fara Hospital, eight to King Fahad Hospital, seven to Miqat Hospital, and two were taken to Ohud Hospital.