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Fijians not in stampede in Mecca

September 26, 2015 1:00 am

The Fiji Muslim League says Fijians who are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia are safe.

League President, Hafiz Ud Dean Khan says a group that went on the annual Islamic pilgrimage was preparing to return to Fiji when a stampede occurred during one of the last rituals on Thursday morning.

About 700 people died and nearly 900 were injured in the stampede.

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The stampede occurred during the ritual known as “stoning the devil” in a tent city in Mina, about two miles from the holy site in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

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