Updated as of 12:55 p.m. EDT: A more accurate account of the nationalities of the victims from the Hajj stampede emerged Friday afternoon, showing that Muslim pilgrims from other African countries besides Chad, Nigeria and Senegal were killed Thursday, according to reports from BBC.
As of Friday afternoon, the African death toll from the Hajj stampede included eight Ethiopians, three Kenyans and four Tanzanians. In addition, there have been three Nigerians reported dead from the stampede as well as five Senegalese.
Three well-known Nigerians were among the country's citizens who died, including Tijani al-Miskin, a Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria; Dr. Hafsat Shittu, who was identified as "a member of the Nigerian medical team;" and Bilkisu Yusuf, a journalist and the first female editor from Northern Nigeria, according to Nigerian newspaper Leadership.
Other countries that lost its citizens in the stampede include Pakistan, with six dead; Turkey, with four; Indonesia, with three; and Netherlands, with one.
Original story: The victims in this week’s hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia included but were not limited to Iranians, Africans and Indians, who were all in the holy city of Mecca for the annual Muslim pilgrimage. A list of names for the more than 700 people killed in the city’s Mina neighborhood has not been released, but media reports have begun to indicate some of the nationalities of those who were trampled to death.
The death toll as of Friday morning was 719 people, and more than 850 Muslim worshippers were injured Thursday on the third day of the annual Islamic religious event. Those numbers were expected to increase as the investigation and rescue and recovery efforts continued.
Among those killed in the stampede were at least 131 Iranians, according to the Associated Press, which cited Iran state television for those figures. The news sparked protests Friday in the Islamic Republic's capital city of Tehran, where leaders and demonstrators chastised Saudi Arabia as "incapable" and characterized it as a "mischievous and incompetent regime," Lebanon's Daily Star reported.
Others who died in the stampede were said to be from Africa, including Nigerians, Chadians and Senegalese, according to news outlet AllAfrica.com, which reported that at least one high-ranking Saudi political leader blamed the fatal incident on Africans. The stampede was caused by “some pilgrims with African nationalities,” said Saudi Prince Khaled al-Faisal.
At least 14 Indians, including nine who were from the country's westernmost state of Gujarat, were killed in addition to the Iranians and Africans who reportedly perished in the stampede, a number that was provided Friday by India's External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj, according to the Indian Express. A full list of the Indian citizens who were killed in the stampede follows below, as provided by Indian Express:
Diwan Jubedabibi Aiyubsha, Mohammad Rustam Ali, Diwan Ayubsha Bafaisah, Shamshudeen Mohamad Ebrahim, Mohammad Hanief Hasan, Nizaul Haque, Bolim Havbai Ishak, Nagori Rukhsana Mohammad Ishak, Nagori Johrabibi, Betara Fatmaben Karim, Mohammad Madinabibi, Mohideen Pitchal, Soda Rehmat Qasam, and Saleem Yousuf Shaikh.