• publish: 27 September 2015
  • time: 8:24 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 1473

Three Saudi officials removed from post following Hajj disaster

Saudia Arabia’s King Salman has removed three high-level officials from their posts following a stampede that killed more than 770 pilgrims during the hajj in the holy city of Mecca.

Hajj Mnister Bandar Al Hajjar, Mecca Mayor Osama bin Fadhel Al-Bar and the city’s police chief were relieved of their duties yesterday by King Salman.

King Salman, whose official title is “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” in Mecca and Medina, ordered “a revision” of how the hajj is organized, state news agency SPA said.

A formal Saudi inquiry is also under way into the worst disaster to strike the annual pilgrimage in a quarter-century.

At least 770 people were killed and 863 others were injured in a stampede Thursday on the outskirts of Mecca, Mina.


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