Hajj death toll now 22 as more names released


The number of Tanzanians who died during deadly hajj stampede in Mina last month has now reached

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Chief Sheikh, Mufti Abubakar Zubeir bin Ally, speaks at press conference in Dar es Salam during the past event

Dar es Salaam. The number of Tanzanians who died during deadly hajj stampede in Mina last month has now reached 22 after two more deaths were confirmed today.

The two were among 50 Tanzanians who went missing after the stampede which happened at the holy site which the symbolic ritual of stoning the devil is performed by hajjis.

International press have put the death toll of the hajj crush and stampede at 1, 453 although Saudi Arabia officials have maintained their official figure of 769 killed.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today released names of two other victims to be among Tanzanians who died in the tragedy. They are Ms Hafsa Sharrif Saleh Abdallah and Khadija Hamad Hemed.

The statement furthered that Saudi Arabia government continues to gather information about the pilgrims who died, injured or went missing after the tragedy.

Seven hajjis from Tanzanians who went missing were found alive. They are Mr Ali Abdulrahman (Abidina), Mr Abdallah Hassan Pande, Mr Suleiman Ali Kidogoli, Mr Mohammed Salum, Mr Mwadini Hassan, Ms Habiba Ramadhan Ali (Maulana)and Mr Ramadhan Muhsin.

Earlier this month the ministry said Tanzania embassy in Saudi Arabia is studying the finger prints details to see if there are yet other unidentified Tanzanians.