A deadly stampede that broke out in Mina in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, when Muslims were marking Eid al Adha, has killed over 450 people, and unconfirmed reports have said that at least 13 Indians are among those dead.
A stampede occurred as the haj pilgrimage was underway near Mecca on Thursday, and at least 450 pilgrims are said to have been killed, while more than 700 have been injured.
Over one lakh Indians performed the Haj this year, and at least 13 Indians are believed to have been killed in the stampede on Eid al Adha, Manorama News reported.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala confirmed that an Indian was among the injured, IANS reported. Another Indian from Lakshadweep has also been injured in the Haj stampede.
Indian officials have, however, not confirmed deaths of Indian nationals so far.
"Our Mission in Jeddah continuously monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic stampede. No confirmed casualties at this point of time," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
This year, 1,36,020 Indians took part in the Haj pilgrimage, which is an annual pilgrimage undertaken by Muslims. Of these, 1,00,020 travelled through the Haj Committee of India, while 36,000 Indians went through private operators.
11 Indians were killed in the deadly crane crash at the Grand Mosque earlier this month.
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Our Mission in Jeddah continuously monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic stampede. No confirmed casualties at this point of time.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 24, 2015