10 months 2019 hajj death toll: 39 pilgrims, 5 of them Filipinos MB
By Ali Macabalang  COTABATO CITY – The just concluded Islamic pilgrimage or hajj in Saudi Arabia has left 39 pilgrims, including five Filipinos, dead of various causes on different religious rituals and venues in the Muslim kingdom. Bodies of 34 Bangladeshi and Nigerian pilgrims being attended to by accompanying relatives and Saudi authorities in Mina desert district, one of the hajj ritual venues. (Facebook via Ali Macabalang / MANILA BULLETIN) There were 34 deaths earlier reported, involving pilgrims from Bangladesh and Nigeria. The five Filipino fatalities were among close to 7,000 Filipino hajj goers, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos ... more