Wednesday 26 July 2017

Six British tourists killed in minibus crash on Saudi Arabia pilgrimage

The Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AP
The Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AP
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Six British tourists have died in a minibus crash in Saudi Arabia on their way back from a pilgrimage to Mecca.

A couple from Glasgow and four people believed to be from Manchester died in the incident near Medina on Wednesday.

Glasgow Central Mosque named the Scottish victims as Mohammad and Talat Aslam, parents of five, from the Newlands area of the city.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting the families of the six victims and helping others who were injured in the crash.

The group had just completed Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, according to Glasgow Central Mosque.

A statement from the Scottish mosque said: "Mr Mohammad Aslam and Mrs Talat Aslam of Glasgow, the parents of Shehla, Saba, Omar, Osman and Haroon, have returned to the mercy of Allah.

"On Wednesday January 18 they had just completed Umrah and were travelling in a minibus to visit our beloved Prophet's Masjid in Madina. Tragically they were involved in a fatal accident.

"Four members of another family from Manchester were also killed in this tragedy."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia.

"We are also helping several more British nationals who were injured in the crash. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time."

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