LONDON - Five members of a Pak-origin family from Newport, UK have been killed in a taxi crash while on a pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, BBC reported on Monday.
The family had been in Saudi Arabia as part of the Umrah. They were travelling to Jedda to meet relatives four hours away, the South Wales Argus reported.
The newspaper said one of the family members killed was due to be married this weekend.
Rescuers initially thought the whole family had died, but they found Shaukat Ali Hayat, 56, cradling one-year-old Mohammed in the wreckage. The child suffered a dislocated shoulder and a broken arm and ribs, said the paper.
Twenty members of the family are reported to have travelled to Saudi Arabia to take the baby back to Newport. An Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of a tragic accident in Saudi Arabia. We can confirm that British nationals were involved in the crash and we are providing consular assistance at this difficult time.”