Six British nationals on Saudi pilgrimage killed in road crash

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3194883 Six British nationals on Saudi pilgrimage killed in road crash A couple from Glasgow and four members of a family from Manchester were killed. SIX BRITISH NATIONALS have been killed and several more injured in a road crash in Saudi Arabia.“We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.“We are also helping several more British nationals who were injured in the crash,” she said, without specifying how many.Glasgow Central Mosque released a statement naming two of the victims as Glasgow couple Mohammad Aslam and Talat Aslam, who have five children, saying they had just completed umra, a pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s holiest site.They “were travelling in a minibus” to Medina, it said, adding: Share Tweet Email2 Short URL Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 4:57 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17 Comments Jan 19th 2017, 4:57 PM By AFP Image: Nariman El-Mofty 9,231 Views Four members of another family from Manchester were also killed in the tragedy.A spokesperson for the tour operator told the Guardian the group had been on a package tour for Muslims wishing to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. They had been travelling in a 14-seater Toyata Hiace.Every year, millions of Muslims flock to Mecca and Medina further south, Islam’s second holiest site, to carry out the annual hajj pilgrimage or the umra.In 2015, more than 2,000 worshippers performing hajj were crushed to death in Mecca, in the worst disaster ever to strike the annual ritual.© – AFP, 2017 with reporting by Daragh Brophy Read: ‘A man was beaten up, stabbed, slashed, run over – all on a public road’ >Read: Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch > Muslim pilgrims arrive to circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Image: Nariman El-Mofty Muslim pilgrims arrive to circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.last_img read more