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Indian officials to reach Najran fire site at the earliest, assures Sushma

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 July 2017, 8:58 IST
Indian officials to reach Najran fire site at the earliest, assures Sushma

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured that Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh, the Indian Consul General in Saudia Arabia, is in touch with the Governor of Najran, Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz bin Musaed, after a massive fire broke in the Gulf country's Najran area.

Swaraj tweeted on Thursday confirming the death of 10 Indian nationals while assuring that the Indian staff would leave for Saudi by the first flight available.

The External Affairs Minister also said that she has spoken to Consul General Jeddah over the same.

As many as 11 people were killed and six were injured after a fire broke out in a windowless house.

"Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured," in the southern province of Najran, the civil defence said in a tweet.

The Najran Governor has ordered the formation of a committee to probe the incident, the Arab News reported.

-ANI

First published: 13 July 2017, 8:58 IST
 
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