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Rescue workers carry the body of a Muslim pilgrim after a stampede at Mina, outside the holy Muslim city of Mecca, September 24, 2015. At least 769 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage for 25 years. Photo: Reuters

11 Bangladeshis among Mina stampede victims

At least 11 Bangladeshis were killed and 80 others injured in the stampede at Mecca during Hajj on September 24, Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (Haab) said . Besides, 98 other Bangladeshis are missing since the stampede that occurred in Mina, a few kilometres outside the holy city.

Details of the 11 deceased Bangladeshis could not be known yet as the Saudi authorities were not allowing entry to the hospitals concerned, he said. Ibrahim also said Saudi authorities released 650 photos of the deceased which include only two photos of Bangladeshi pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh foreign ministry has confirmed the death of three Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims in Thursday’s Mina stampede. The number of missing Bangladeshi pilgrims has yet to be ascertained, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a press release issued on the fourth day of the catastrophe at the largest Muslim’s congregation.

The identification began today after the Saudi authorities released the photos of 650 of the 769 pilgrims they said had died in the incident. Bangladesh officials identified a victim as Md Shahidul Islam from Khulna.

It confirmed death of two others male Bangladeshi nationals but failed to ascertain their identity. “In addition, family members of a female pilgrim, Firoza Khanam, confirmed her death in the stampede (though her photo was not yet among those released photos),” the press release reads, agencies report.

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