2 Indians Killed In Grand Mosque Crane Collapse

12/09/2015 9:51 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, cranes rise at the site of an expansion to the Grand Mosque as Muslim pilgrims circle counterclockwise around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A towering construction crane toppled over on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 during a violent rainstorm in the Saudi city of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, crashing into the Grand Mosque and killing dozens of people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

NEW DELHI -- Two Indians were killed and 15 injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca of Saudi Arabia on Friday, just two weeks ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Eleven of those injured are from the Hajj Committee of India and four are from private tour operators, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Saturday.

The death toll, which has been rising since Friday night, now stands at 107, according to the Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority, and 238 people have been injured.

The crane reportedly collapsed near the Kabbah, the black cube, which, millions of Muslims pilgrims circle during the Hajj, every year.

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