Two Indians among 13 expats killed in Saudi Arabia
Two Indians have been among 13 foreign workers killed in a road accident early on Friday in Saudi Arabia.Updated: Feb 01, 2008 19:11 IST
Two Indians were among at least 13 foreign workers killed in a road accident early on Friday in Saudi Arabia, police said.
Eight of the victims are originally from Bangladesh while two were Indian and the remaining three were Pakistani, local police official Hamad Fawzan said.
Eighteen people were injured, out of which nine were reported in critical condition.
The workers were riding on the back of a pick-up truck when it collided head-on with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction near Baqeeq, 380 kms east of the capital, Riyadh.
The workers were all employees of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company.
Fawzan said rescue workers were trying to extract the bodies from the wreckage of the vehicles.
Three local television stations in Bangladesh reported on the accident in Saudi Arabia but their reports differed from the version of Saudi police.
The private station Bangla Vision said 11 Bangladeshis were killed when a bus carrying the workers collided with another vehicle near the eastern Saudi city of Dammam. It reported the names of the dead and said at least 13 Bangladeshi workers injured in the accident were hospitalised.
Ntv station quoted Harun-or-Rashid, official with the Bangladesh mission in Riyadh, as saying they were checking papers of the dead workers for details to send their bodies home.
Channel I reported that several others, including some Pakistani and Indian nationals, were among the casualties.
The conflicting data in the reports could not immediately be reconciled.