Abdulaziz Saud

Muslims' tragedies in Mekka

May 23, 1994... 270 pilgrims, most of them Indonesians, killed in a stampede in Mecca as worshipers surged toward a cavern for the symbolic ritual of "stoning the devil."

March 21, 1991... 92 Senegalese Muslim troops, part of the U.S.-led coalition that liberated Kuwait from Iraq's occupation, killed when Saudi Arabian transport aircraft crashes in the northwestern part of the kingdom. The soldiers were being flown back to base after an off-season pilgrimage to Mecca. The airplane's six-man Saudi crew was also killed.

July 2, 1990... 1,426 pilgrims, many of them Malaysians, Indonesian and Pakistanis, killed in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites in Mecca.

July 9, 1989... Two bombs explode in Mecca, killing one pilgrim, wounding 16. Saudi authorities blame Iranian-inspired terrorists.

July 31, 1987... 402 people, mostly Iranian pilgrims, killed and 649 wounded in Mecca when security forces clash with Iranians staging an anti-U.S. demonstration.

August 3, 1980... Pakistani jetliner carrying hundreds of pilgrims catches fire soon after takeoff from Jeddah to Riyadh, the Saudi capital. Aircraft breaks apart after emergency landing. Three hundred and one people die in the accident. The fire apparently began after a passenger lighted a kerosene stove in an aisle to brew tea.

December 4, 1979... 75 Sunni Muslim extremists who had taken over the Grand Mosque in Mecca killed in gunbattle with Saudi police. Scores of Saudi troops also died.

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