Britons killed in Saudi Arabia coach crash

(BBC) – Four British people have died and 12 others have been hurt in a coach crash in Saudi Arabia, a travel firm says.

Those killed were from Blackburn and Preston, in Lancashire, travelling from Mecca on an Umrah pilgrimage.

Blackburn-based Hashim Travel said the coach was hit by a fuel tanker which then caught fire and set the bus alight on Saturday.

The Foreign Office says it is aware British nationals have been killed in an accident in Saudi Arabia.

The travel firm said relatives of those who have died – a man, a woman and a mother and son – had been informed.

It is understood that a young child is among the injured.

The Council of British Hajjis said it was providing support to a British family which had been affected.

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