Three generations of a British family including two-month-old killed in a crash in Saudi Arabia

Tributes have poured in for three generations of a British family including a two-month-old baby boy who died in a minibus crash in Saudi Arabia.


The collision happened on Wednesday afternoon while the group was travelling in a minibus between Mecca and Medina as part of a pilgrimage.

Six people in the group lost their lives after the horrific crash including a two-month-old baby boy.

Rabia Ahmed, believed to be in her 50s, died alongside her sister, Noshina Ahmed, 56 and her husband Mohammed Khursheed, 63, a taxi driver.

Noshina’s baby grandson, Adam Anis, who was just two months old, was also killed.

The baby’s mother Ataka Anis remains in a critical condition in King Fahd Hospital in Medina with her two other children, aged two and three.

All family members are understood to be from Chorlton and Whalley Range.

A married couple from Glasgow, Mohammed and Talat Aslam, were killed in the crash. They were close friends of the Manchester family.

Two other sisters, Fozia Zahid, 65, and Sadia Chaudry, 62, were critically injured in the crash. They remain in hospital in Medina.

A relative of the family said: ‘It’s been a complete shock really to lose so many members of the family at one time.

‘We can’t fathom the extent of the what’s happening. We’re finding it really difficult to take in.

‘So many lives have been taken in one go.

‘Two sisters. A newborn baby. A married couple. There are no words.

The group involved in the crash had just completed Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and had travelled to Saudi on January 12.

A spokesman for Haji Tours Manchester, who organised the trip on behalf of the family, said: “We are sharing our sorrow with the family affected.

“We hope God forgives them and gives them the best place possible in paradise. We share our grief with them and give them courage at this terrible time.”

The Foreign Office have confirmed the crash, saying six Britons have died.

A spokesman said: “We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia.

“We are also helping several more British nationals who were injured in the crash. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time.”

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