Saudi Arabia: 87 Killed After Crane Collapses On Grand Mosque In Mecca

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September 11, 2015 1:29 p.m.

UPDATE: Sept. 11, 2015, 2:56 PM ET

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s civil defense authority has raised the death toll from the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, saying at least 87 people have been killed.

The authority announced the latest casualties’ figure from Friday’s accident on its official Twitter account.

The accident happened as pilgrims are streaming into Islam’s holiest city for the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.

Videos and photos posted by social media users showed a grisly scene, with police and onlookers attending to bloodied bodies on the polished mosque floors.

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Schreck reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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