Indian woman killed in Haj stampede

Hyderabad, Sep 24 (IANS) A woman from Telangana is among the 450 Haj pilgrims killed in a stampede in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

An official of the Telangana State Haj Committee told IANS that the deceased had been identified as Bibi Jaan, a resident of Ranga Reddy district near Hyderabad.

“We have received information about the death of one woman pilgrim,” the official said.

Hailing from Mansoorabad in Ranga Reddy, she had gone for the pilgrimage along with three other family members through the state Haj committee.

Over people were also injured in the stampede in the city of Mina.

Telangana Haj Committee opened a helpline to provide information about the pilgrims to their families here. The helpline number is 040-23214125.

Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has expressed grief over the tragedy. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their dear ones in the stampede.

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