Grim task in Mecca

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The Independent Online
FAMILY, friends and diplomats combed hospitals and mortuaries in Mecca, Saudi Arabia yesterday to identify 118 Muslim pilgrims killed in a stampede on the last day of the annual haj.

The stampede took place on a bridge near Mena, outside Mecca, where a huge crowd of pilgrims prepared for the symbolic stoning of the devil. - Reuters, Mecca