12 Killed In Doha Gas Blast

27th February 2014
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No fewer than 12 people were killed, including two children, and dozens of others wounded in an apparent gas cylinder explosion at a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The blast happened on Thursday at about lunchtime, and caused extensive damage to the Istanbul Restuarant, which is next to a petrol station near the Landmark Mall shopping complex.

Major General Saad bin Jassim al-Khalifi, Qatar’s head of public security, said non-Qatari Arabs, Asians and one Qatari were among the dead and wounded.

“It was a very big blast,” he said. “It blew away cars and shrapnel was scattered 50m to 100m away.”

Preliminary investigations suggested a gas tank exploded, setting off a fire and causing part of the building to collapse, he told a news conference.

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