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Mecca crane collapse was like a horror film, says Brit whose father was among 107 killed

Marya Tabassum and her brother Mohammad were injured when the crane collapsed. Credit: APTN

Two British siblings injured in a crane collapse at the Grand Mosque in Mecca which killed 107 people, including their father, have said it was like a scene from a horror film.

Marya Tabassum and her 18-year-old brother Mohammad Haroon Akhtar vowed to complete the hajj pilgrimage for their father.

High winds and heavy rain were believed to have caused the deadly collapse on September 11, which left nearly 400 people injured.

Describing the incident Marya, 21, said: "It was something out of horror movies you know. We came for hajj, we never expected this to happen."

107 people died when the crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Credit: Reuters

When the crane collapsed, she and her brother were injured and they could not find their father.

A few days later Mohammed received a phone call from one of his brothers, who told him their father's body had been identified in a morgue.

Marya said her father's death was "part of Allah's plan" and they wanted to continue their journey for him.

"I'm upset, because you know I just expect my dad to walk through the door," she said.

"The best thing we can do is make the walk for dad. It is not how I expected my hajj to be, but God has something different for me."

More than 1.5 million Muslims from around the world have travelled to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage this week.

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