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Nigeria Records More Death, Now 145 in Mecca Stampede

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Sunday confirmed that 145 Nigerians have died so far in the Mecca stampede which occurred in September.

Briefing journalists in Mecca, NAHCON’s commissioner in charge of Planning, Research, Information and Library Services, Saleh Okenwa, said more bodies of Nigerians have been discovered which now make the total number of dead Nigerian pilgrims to be 145.

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He also said some of those 214 who were declared missing have been discovered dead, so the number of missing people at the moment remains 165. Many others are also at different Saudi hospitals receiving treatments.

Even though Saudi Authorities gave the figure of those who died during the stampede to be 769 pilgrims, it is believed that over 1000 pilgrims died during the stampede, with Iran recording the highest causality of losing over 400 pilgrims in the stampede.

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