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About 550 Muslims Die At 2024 Hajj

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

It has been reported that about 550 pilgrims died during the 2024 Hajj in the holy city of Mecca in the scorching heat

According to reports, temperatures reached about 51.8C (125F) in the shade in the Saudi Arabian city, as huge crowds of Muslims undertook the annual religious journey.

During performance of one of the five pillars of Islam, pilgrims used umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun, as Saudi authorities warned pilgrims to stay hydrated and avoid being outdoors during the hottest hours between 1:00am and 3:00pm.

However, stampedes, tent fires and other accidents reportedly caused hundreds of deaths during the Hajj in the past 30 years while about 240 people reportedly died last year.

In the 2024 hajj, which pmbegan on Friday and as usual coincided with the religious holiday, Eid al-Adha. Dozens of deaths have been reported during this year’s Hajj, with the AFP news agency putting the total at 550, citing diplomats.

Statistically, 323 of the dead were Egyptians, most of whom perished due to heat related illness, AFP said.

A 2024 study by the Journal of Travel and Medicine found that rising global temperatures may outpace strategies to deal with the heat. A 2019 study by Geophysical Research Letters said that as temperatures rise in arid Saudi Arabia due to climate change, pilgrims performing Hajj will face “extreme danger”.

A Saudi health official, speaking on Monday before many of the reports of deaths were issued, said authorities had not noticed any unusual fatalities among Muslim pilgrims amid the extremely high temperatures.

The ministry had so far treated more than 2,700 pilgrims who suffered from heat-related illness, he added.

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Just in: Residents warned as hundreds of terrorists reportedly escape from Niger prison

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A large number of terrorists have reportedly escaped in a mass breakout at the high-security Koutoukalé prison in Niger Republic.

According to security expert Zagazola Makama, the incident happened on Thursday, resulting in the release of hundreds of terrorists, criminals, and drug traffickers.

The prison, situated near Niamey, the capital city, experienced a violent uprising that overwhelmed the guards, enabling the prisoners to escape with weapons and vehicles.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire and explosions around the afternoon time, which prompted a swift response from security forces.

However, by the time they arrived, the inmates had already taken control of the prison, breaching armored gates, barbed wire, and trenches.

The escape has raised serious questions about the security of the prison, which has previously thwarted two jihadist attempts to free comrades.

An investigation is underway to determine how the inmates were able to procure weapons and overpower their guards.

The Interior Minister has issued a radio message to all governors, confirming the escape and urging village chiefs and religious leaders to report any suspicious individuals.

A curfew has been declared in the Tillabéri region, and the entire River Niger region is on high alert.

The escape is considered a major security breach, and authorities are working to recapture the fleeing inmates.

The public has been warned to be vigilant and report any information that could aid in the recapture of the escaped prisoners.

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See photo of collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The photo of the collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos, capital of Plateau state has emerged online.

Naijablitznews reports many students reportedly died in the building warehousing several students.

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Singer, Portable Fights Okada Man in Lagos Over Stolen Phone

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Controversial Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola, better known as Portable, is at it again, but this time with a bike man.

The street singer, who recently returned from America, caused a commotion in Lagos as he fought dirty with a bike man, who he accused of stealing his phone. In videos making rounds online, the singer, who was wearing a yellow hoodie, was captured engaging in a fistfight with the bike man as Lagosians gathered to separate them.

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