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Stampede deaths undercounted.

MINA, SAUDI ARABIA * A stampede in Mina in September actually killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, more than three times the number that Saudi Arabia, which controls safety at the Muslim pilgrimage site, has acknowledged, according to an independent death count by The Associated Press.

The wire service's count, based on state media reports and officials' comments from 36 of more than 180 countries that sent citizens to the haj, makes the Sept. 24 event the deadliest in the history of the annual pilgrimage. Hundreds more remain missing.

Saudi officials, who pledged to investigate the stampede, have issued an official count of 769 deaths, and its state-run Saudi Press Agency has made no mention of the investigation since Oct. 19, according to AP.

Iran was most affected by the disaster, according to the AP count, with 464 Iranian pilgrims killed. Mali said it lost 305 people, while Nigeria lost 274, and 190 pilgrims from Egypt were killed.

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS; pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:7SAUD
Date:Jan 1, 2016
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