Mecca Crane crash: One Nigerian pilgrim confirmed dead, three declared missing

Saudi Arabia King Salman
King Salman
King Salman
King Salman

Adamu Kargi, a Nigerian pilgrim from Kaduna State, has been confirmed dead following Friday’s crane crash at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Four female pilgrims from Gombe State have also been declared missing .

One other female pilgrim got injured during the incident.

The spokesperson of the Kaduna State Task Force on Hajj, Saidu Adamu, said on Sunday in Mecca that the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) confirmed the death of the Nigerian pilgrim.

“NAHCON has confirmed the death of one Alhaji Adamu Shuaibu Kargi from Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State among the 107 killed as a result of the collapse of a crane due to strong wind storm in the Holy Mosque in Mecca,” Adamu said.

The Gombe State Amirul-Hajj, Alhaji Abdullahi Mai-Kano, had earlier on Sunday while sympathising with the state contigent in Mecca over the mishap announced that four Nigerian female pilgrims were missing.

Mai-Kano said the four pilgrims were from Akko, Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state.

He said another faithful sustained injury in her head, but had been treated and discharged.

He said the four pilgrims were declared missing after a thorough verification and bed checking in the three houses accommodating the state pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has however vowed to find the cause of the massive crane collapse that killed 107 people.

The construction crane crashed during a vicious thunderstorm as worshippers gathered for weekly Friday prayers just days before the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

“We will investigate all the reasons and afterwards declare the results to the citizens,” King Salman said after visiting the site, one of Islam’s holiest.

The official Saudi Press Agency said King Salman “discussed the causes of the accident and its effects on the holy mosque” after he saw where the massive crane came down.

It was one of several cranes working on an expansion of the sprawling mosque.

The Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba.

At least 230 people were injured in the incident on Friday. It is unclear how many people were hurt by the collapse or the stampede that followed it.