Mismanagement blamed for Hajj stampede

  • 25/09/2015

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says "improper measures" and "mismanagement" by Saudi authorities caused a deadly stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage.

He announced three days of national mourning following the tragedy on Thursday (local time).

"The government of Saudi Arabia must accept the huge responsibility for this catastrophe," state news agency IRNA quoted him as saying of the tragedy, which killed more than 700 pilgrims, including at least 90 Iranians.