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    • A Singaporean performing the minor pilgrimage (umrah) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was killed on Tuesday (March 20) after his bus met with an accident.


      A number of passengers were also injured in the traffic accident, which happened between 8.30am to 9am local time. Singapore is five hours ahead of Mecca.


      In a statement, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said it "understands that the passengers are pilgrims managed by a local travel agency, Abu Bakar Travel Services Private Limited".


      Most of the 31 passengers are Singaporeans.


      Mr Mohamed Roslan Jaafar, honorary secretary of the Association of Muslim Travel Agents of Singapore (Amtas), told TODAY that the deceased is the travel agency's director Mohammad Abu Bakar Osman. His wife is said to be in critical condition.


      The injured have been sent to hospitals in Makkah to receive medical attention, said Muis.


      It added that Singapore's Consul-General in Jeddah, Syed Muhammad Raziff Aljunied, has visited the injured at the King Faisal Hospital.


      "The Singapore Consulate in Jeddah will continue to provide the necessary support to the injured and their families, as well as to the deceased and his next of kin," said Muis.


      "Muis would like to express our deepest sympathies to all the pilgrims affected in the accident and is reaching out to their next of kin to provide the necessary support."


      In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of the accident.


      "My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this unfortunate incident," said the minister.


      "Muis together with Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs are doing their best to render all necessary assistance to those affected and their families."



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