Missing Maldivian pilgrim found after four days

A 75-year-old Maldivian pilgrim who went missing in Mecca has been found after four days, local media reports.

The government-owned Hajj Corporation said Ali Mohamed, from Haa Alif Baarah, was found this morning at the Masjid al-Haram or sacred mosque in Mecca that surrounds the Kaaba (House of God).

Mohamed had been praying at the mosque for the past four days and was unable to find his way out, Hajj Corporation managing director Yameen Idhrees told Haveeru.

Idhrees said Mohamed is in good health and that the corporation is making arrangements to send the pilgrim to join the rest of the group in Medina.

A total of 1,396 Maldivians are in Saudi Arabia to perform the Umra pilgrimage during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Some 315 pilgrims are under the care of the Hajj Corporation while others are traveling with private Hajj groups.