Sunday, 13 September 2015

'It was an act of God'- Engineer says about the crane which collapsed in Mecca killing 107

Thunderstorms: A picture captures the moment the fatal crane was struck by lightning prior to collapsing into the mosque, killing dozens
An engineer for the developer responsible for the construction at Mecca - where a crane toppled killing more than 100 people - has claimed the incident was an 'act of God'.
The unnamed engineer for the Saudi Binladin Group - which was founded by the father of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden - has insisted there was no technical problem.
His reasoning for the accident comes as Saudi authorities have vowed to investigate why the crane fell on Friday, killing 107 and injured hundreds more at the Islam holy site.
Yesterday the engineer stated the crane had been installed in 'an extremely professional way' and that it was simply 'an act of God'.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Ghamdi, former head of Mecca's religious police, said the accident was a 'test' from God.
'We need to accept what happened,' he said, at the same time calling for a thorough investigation.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has now vowed to find out what caused the crane collapse at Mecca's Grand Mosque ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, although authorities have stated it was due to high winds during a thunderstorm as seen in the photo above when lighting hit the cranes.

Disaster: The Grand Mosque is usually at its most crowded on Fridays, the Muslim weekly day of prayer. Pictured, the crane in the early hours of yesterday morningHeavy death toll: At least 107 people were killed and more than 230 were injured in Friday's accident in Saudi Arabia's holy cityHundreds injured: Men and women covered in bandages are pushed in wheelchairs towards ambulances

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