RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's civil defense authority has raised the death toll from the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca's Grand Mosque, saying at least 87 people have been killed.
The authority announced the latest casualties' figure from Friday's accident on its official Twitter account.
The accident happened as pilgrims are streaming into Islam's holiest city for the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.
62 people killed when a crane crashed in #Mecca's Grand Mosque: Saudi's Civil Defence authority. Photo from inside http://t.co/92QGJG1ASY— Bel Trew (@Bel Trew)1441991220.0
#BREAKING Crane has collapsed in construction in Ka'aba #Mecca #Saudi . At least 20 reported dead http://t.co/ANl669WCqo— Mehmet Çelik (@Mehmet Çelik)1441986822.0
Saudi officials now say 87 killed in crane collapse today: http://t.co/6uPpem2WDj #mecca http://t.co/a1nbojikxx— CGTN America (@CGTN America)1441997369.0
Videos and photos posted by social media users showed a grisly scene, with police and onlookers attending to bloodied bodies on the polished mosque floors.