Indonesia reports 9 more deaths from hajj stampede

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Posted: Oct 04, 2015 6:49 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia reported nine more dead over the weekend from the Saudi hajj stampede, raising the country's death toll to 100.

A release Sunday from the Ministry of Religious Affairs said 28 Indonesian pilgrims are still missing after the Sept. 24 stampede near Islam's holy city of Mecca. Six other Indonesians are still being hospitalized in Saudi Arabia, it said.

The number increases an Associated Press count of the dead from the disaster to at least 1,045 killed.

The total figure could be even larger as the AP survey covered only 15 of the more than 180 countries that sent some 2 million pilgrims to the annual pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia's latest toll, released Sept. 26, put the death toll at 769 pilgrims.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, sent 168,800 pilgrims for this year hajj session.

A ten-member team of Disaster Victims Identification from Indonesia's national police was reported to have arrived in Saudi Arabia to help the identification process.