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Friday, September 11, 2015

87 killed, 201 injured as crane crashes into Masjid al Haram in Makkah

RIYADH: A massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather Friday, killing at least 87 people and injuring 201, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before the hajj pilgrimage starts.
The civil defence authority said on Twitter that emergency teams were sent to the scene after a “crane fell at the Grand Mosque.”


That came about an hour after it tweeted that Makkah was “witnessing medium to heavy rains,” with some pictures circulating on social media showing lightning.
Authorities have not yet released an official account on what happened.
Pictures of the incident on Twitter showed bloodied bodies strewn across a courtyard where the top part of the crane, which appeared to have bent or snapped, had crashed into the several storey-high building.

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