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BerichtOnderwerp: Indonesia’s Hajj death toll now 127    di 13 okt 2015 - 22:12





The Jakarta Post, Oct 13 2015,


The Indonesian Hajj Committee (PPIH) announced early on Tuesday that they had identified three more victims of Indonesian hajj pilgrims from September's stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, bringing Indonesia's death toll from the incident to 127.

The Religious Affairs Ministry's Mecca office chief Arsyad Hidayat said, as reported by kompas.com, that two of the newly identified pilgrims were Siti Asiah Eko Sumarto and Abdullah Alwi Umar from Pontianak, West Kalimantan. The other victim is Kiagus Feeryzal Gani from West Java.

Arsyad said the three bodies were identified in Al Mu'ashim in Mecca. He added that besides those three victims, there was a pilgrim named Yusniar Abdul Malik who died after being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah.

"Some of the four victims have been buried," Arsyad said.

The Associated Press reported on Oct. 9 that at least 1,453 people died in the fatal stampede on Sept. 24, making it the deadliest tragedy in the history of the Hajj pilgrimage. The tragedy occurred when two groups of pilgrims met at the Jamarat Bridge to perform a stoning ritual from different directions in Street 204.

Prior to this year, the most deadly stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage was in 1990, claiming 1,426 lives.



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