Update March 19, 2016

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19 Pilgrims die in bus crash between Mecca and Medina

Sumel Sarker

Umrah pilgrim bus crashe

19 pilgrims die in KSA bus crash

19 March 2016, Nirapad News: At least 19 pilgrims were killed when their bus overturned in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

A Saudi medical official said, reports Al Jazeera.

Red Crescent spokesman Khaled al-Sahli said the crash took place early on Saturday on a highway linking the two Saudi holy cities of Medina and Mecca.

At least 22 people were injured, he said.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known.

Nawaf al-Mohammad, chief of the Medina traffic department, told Saudi online newspaper Sabq that the driver of the vehicle may have fallen asleep.

The pilgrims were on their way to Medina, about 400km from Mecca, according to the official.

The accident came a day after at least 14 Palestinian pilgrims en route to Mecca died in a bus crash in southern Jordan near the Saudi border.

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