RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday sanctioned the Saudi Binladin Group for last
Friday’s crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before
the hajj pilgrimage.
The construction firm belongs to the family of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, executives in the firm are forbidden from
leaving the kingdom pending the completion of judicial action against it following the
collapse at Islam’s holiest site.
Moreover, Saudi Royal Court has announced one million Riyals as compensation for the bereaved
families of martyrs and half million for injured of Makkah crane crash incident, Radio
Pakistan reported on its website.
The Royal Court, however, said it did not find any conspiracy in its preliminary
investigations into the incident.
It said that incident happened due to wrong positioning of the crane.
At least 11 Pakistanis have been confirmed dead in the crane accident in Makkah’s Grand Mosque
on Friday, which resulted in the deaths of at least 107 pilgrims.
Meanwhile, according to Saudi media reports, the number of those who died in the incident is
At least 47 Pakistanis were injured in the crane accident, earlier reports had said.
A massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather Friday,
killing at least 107 people and injuring 238, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight
before the Haj pilgrimage starts.
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