3 Kenyans dead in Mecca Hajj disaster
25 September 2015, 15:58
Nairobi - 3 Kenyans have been confirmed to have died in the Mecca Hajj disaster in Saudi Arabia which saw 717 people killed in a stampede Thursday.
The government announced Friday that the 3 were among the many fatalities that occurred in Mina.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said that not
all Kenyans attending the Hajj have been accounted for so far.
" We have so far lost three Kenyans and we have yet to account for the rest," he added.
There are estimated to be around 4,950 Kenyans in Saudi Arabia attending the pilgrimage.
863 people were injured in the stampede, with one Kenyan confirmed among the 863.
" The embassy in Riyadh is working on the matter and trying to ensure we have everyone accounted for," he added.
Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam and every capable Muslim must perform it at least once in a lifetime.
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