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Body of missing Hajj wife Naheed Kausar Ali found in Mecca hospital, says family

Naheed Ali Image copyright Amanat Ali
Image caption Naheed Ali became separated from her husband in Mecca last week

The body of a Manchester woman who went missing on the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last week has been identified at a Mecca hospital, her family have said.

Amanat Ali said he recognised his wife, Naheed Kausar Ali, 47, from her head scarf and jewellery in a photograph.

Mr Ali said he had been visiting hospitals in the region "on a daily basis" to trace the mother-of-three since they became separated near the Islamic holy site last week.

The Foreign Office has yet to comment.

The couple were in Mina, where at least 769 people were killed in a stampede, but were not directly caught up in the crush.

Mr Ali explained that he and his wife were both suffering from sunstroke, and he somehow "lost track of where she was".

Mrs Ali, a teaching assistant at Afifah Academy, a Muslim girls' school in Old Trafford, was last seen making her way back to Mecca after completing a religious ritual in Mina.

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Image caption At least 769 people were killed and many injured in the crush, which appeared to have happened when pilgrims converged at a junction in Mina

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