Bus carrying British pilgrims crashes on the way to Madina

Madina is the second holiest site in Islam

A bus carrying British pilgrims on their way to Madina has crashed, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

It is not yet known how many Britons were on board or if there have been any injuries.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We can confirm there was an accident involving a bus carrying British pilgrims on their way to Madina.

“We are liaising with Saudi authorities and a team from the British Consulate in Jeddah are on their way to the area to provide assistance to the individuals.”

Last Thursday, at least 717 people were crushed to death and hundreds of others injured in a stampede of pilgrims at Mina.

Both incidents come just two weeks after a construction crane collapsed at Mecca’s Grand Mosque killing 109 people.

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