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05.01.2007 Religion

Ghanaian Dies During Hajj Pilgrimage In Mecca

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One Ghanaian pilgrim has died in the process of performing the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, the National Hajj Board has told Ghananewstoday. Over one thousand five hundred Ghanaian pilgrims are among several millions of Muslims performing the annual obligation; one of the pillars of the Islamic Religion.

The pilgrimage officially ended with the feast of sacrifice over the weekend.

Spokesperson of the Hajj Council, Alhaji Mumuni Suleiman, said for now, pilgrims are in Mecca, but are mostly embarking on personal business.

He said the Ghanaian pilgrims are expected to return home beginning January 16. Alhaji Mumuni Suleiman however said one person was reported dead on Wednesday.

Media reports said some Ghanaian pilgrims are stranded in Mecca. The reports also claimed no member of the National Hajj Council is presently with the pilgrims, but Alhaji Suleiman denied the allegations and said the reports are totally untrue.