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Six Egyptian pilgrims killed, 14 injured in Saudi Arabia bus crash: Expat site

Initial investigations showed that the accident happened due to a burst tire

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jul 2016
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Six Egyptian pilgrims were killed and 14 others wounded in Saturday's bus crash in Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian Community in Saudi Arabia announced on its Facebook page Sunday.

The accident took place on a road connecting the Saudi cities of Riyadh and Taif, as the bus was transporting 49 passengers of different nationalities who were performing the Umrah, the minor Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

The deadly accident left a total of 13 killed and 35 injured.

News outlets quoted Saudi officials as saying that initial investigations showed that the accident happened due to the bus's front tire bursting.

Unlike the Hajj pilgrimage, Umrah can be performed at any time of the year but it is highly popular during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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