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Lightning storm causes crane collapse at Mecca's Grand Mosque — 107 killed, 200 more injured

A crane collapse caused by lightning storm at Mecca's Grand Mosque of Saudi Arabia has claimed lives of at least 107 people and injured 238 others.

Aljazeera has quoted the Saudi Press Agency, a spokesperson for the two holy mosques as saying that the crane was brought down by strong wind and heavy rain.

Abdel Aziz Naqoor, who said he works at the mosque, told the AFP news agency that he saw the massive construction crane fall after being hit by the storm.

A photo reportedly taken just prior to the incident shows a bolt of lightning striking the crane at Mecca's Grand Mosque of Saudi Arabia.


More than 68 emergency and rescue groups have been working at the scene of the accident, the Saudi Red Crescent said.

According to The Daily Mail, the crane was owned by the Bin Laden family and was operated by the Bin Laden family’s consortium, who are heading the expansion of the Holy Mosque. Saudi BinLaden Group was founded by Osama’s Bin Laden’s billionaire father Mohammed.