Tamil Diplomat

2,400 pilgrims died in Mecca’s Hajj stampede, three times Saudi official toll

The number of victims in the horrific stampede in Mina in September was at least 2,411 pilgrims, according to an independent count. This is more than three times the number that Saudi Arabia has acknowledged, the Associated Press revealed.

The new number makes the September 24 stampede the deadliest Hajj incident on record in Saudi Arabia involving Muslim worshipers that come to venerate the holy sites of Islam in the Gulf kingdom.

The new death toll of 2,411 victims was based on AP analysis of state media reports and officials’ comments from 36 of more than 180 countries whose citizens were attending the Hajj.