Mecca police deny social media reports that stampede killed three pilgrims
Published on May 30, 2014 12:35 PM
MECCA - Police have denied rumours circulating on social media sites that three pilgrims were killed in a stampede inside the Grand Mosque.
Officials clarified that four people sustained injuries after they were caught up in a melee, Arab News website reported on Friday.
"Three of them - all women - were treated on the spot and the fourth person was transferred to a local hospital," the website quoted police spokesman Aati Al-Qurashi as saying.
According to another official, the man sustained a deep cut to his head. He said as soon as the Kaaba door was opened for the washing ceremony, there was a heavy rush of onlookers trying to get a glimpse of the inside of the Kaaba, according to the report.
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