British Hajj pilgrims injured in fatal coach crash

British Hajj pilgrims injured in fatal coach crash

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A number of Muslim pilgrims from Lancashire have been injured in a coach crash in Saudi Arabia.

Around 50 people were travelling between Mecca and Medina as part of the Hajj pilgrimage when the coach collided with a lorry at about 3am local time yesterday (Monday).

The Saudi driver of the coach was killed while the passengers suffered cuts and bruises. A small number of people were taken to hospital for treatment

The pilgrimage was organised by Blackburn-based Sadat Travel, the International Business Times reported.

The group had completed the pilgrimage to Mecca and were next visiting Medina, considered the second holiest city in Islam.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in an updated travel advisory: “There was a bus crash between Mecca and Medina which involved British nationals.

“The British Consulate in Jeddah is urgently seeking more information and is ready to provide support to any British nationals that have been involved.”

It comes just days after hundreds of pilgrims died in a crush on the outskirts of the Holy City.

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