EMIR KILLED WITH TWO WIVES IN SAUDI STAMPEDE

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The Emir of Zing, a town in Taraba State, Alhaji Abbas Ibrahim and two of his wives were killed in the Saudi stampede on Thursday during one of the last rituals of the Hajj.

The death of the first class ruler who was Taraba State’s Amirul Hajj for the 2015 pilgrimage and that of two of his four wives was announced by the chairman of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Hamman-Adama Tukur.

According to Tukur, the emir died on Thursday in the stampede that claimed the lives of more than 700 pilgrims at the site of the Jamrat, where they were to fulfill one of the Hajj rites of a symbolic stoning of the devil, adding that the emir’s remains and that of his late wives were buried on Friday in Mecca.

It will be recalled that Saudi authorities through the head of the central Hajj committee, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, blamed the stampede on ‘some pilgrims with African nationalities’, a comment that provoked a storm of condemnation.

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