• publish: 12 September 2015
  • time: 6:03 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 1219
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One Afghan dead, 29 others injured due to crane collapse in Mecca

Afghan Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on Saturday confirmed that at least one Afghan national was killed and 29 others were wounded as a result of the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather on Friday, killing as many as 107 people and injuring at least 238, Saudi authorities said, just days before the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Ahmed bin Mohammad al-Mansoori, spokesman for the two holy mosques, was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency as saying part of a crane collapsed at 5:10 pm (1410 GMT) “as a result of strong winds and heavy rains.”

Abdel Aziz Naqoor, who said he works at the mosque, told AFP he saw the crane fall after being hit by the storm.

“If it weren’t for Al-Tawaf bridge the injuries and deaths would have been worse,” he said, referring to a covered walkway that surrounds the holy Kaaba and broke the crane’s fall.

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