Haj stampede: Mukherjee, Modi condole deaths

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the deaths in a horrific Haj stampede in Saudi Arabia.

“Deeply saddened by tragic incident at Mina Thursday, during which a large number of haj pilgrims lost their lives,” the president tweeted.

“My sincere condolences to government of Saudi Arabia and families of the deceased pilgrims. I also wish speedy recovery to injured,” he said.

Modi said in a message from the Unites States: “Distressing news from Mecca. Pained at loss of lives due to the stampede. Condolences to families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.”

Over 700 people were killed on Thursday in the stampede that also left more than 800 pilgrims injured.

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