KANO State Pilgrims Welfare Board has confirmed the death of two pilgrims from the state in Saudi Arabia during the 2016 hajj. Public Relations Officer of the board, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi, confirmed this in a telephone interview with journalists on Saturday in Kano. The National Hajj Commission had announced that 18 Nigerians lost their lives during this year hajj. The initial casualty figure was 10, but Badamasi said two male victims from Kano died after a brief illness in Mina and Mecca respectively. He said one of them hails from Kano Municipal Local Government Area, while the other came from Gaya Local Government Area. Badamasi said the deceased have since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites in Mecca. He said the board has begun the transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria.