Qatar: Blast kills 12 and injures at least 30 in Doha

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More

Feb 27, Doha – An explosion at a restaurant in the Qatari capital Doha has killed 12 people and injured at least 30, according to officials. Initial indications suggested a burst natural gas tank on top of a Turkish restaurant was to blame.

hromedia Qatar Blast kills 12 and injures at least 30 in Doha arab news2It happened shortly after 10:00 (7:00 GMT), near a petrol station and the popular Landmark Mall shopping centre.

The death toll in a massive blast the ripped through a Doha restaurant rose to 12 from the initial nine, according to latest reports. Gas canisters exploded in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital on Thursday, the official news agency of the Gulf Arab state reported.

Thirty-two were wounded, the agency added. The explosion happened at Istanbul restaurant next to a petrol station, the agency said, citing ambulance sources.

Qatar’s Prime Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani, confirmed there had been an explosion in remarks to state television.

“Some deaths occurred that were announced, and there will be a press conference through the Ministry of Interior to give more information about the incident,” said Shaikh Abdullah, who is also interior minister.

Asked if security regulations would be tightened up after the incident, he replied that “safety precautions are all there and the precautions for civil defence are there”.

Photographs purporting to show the aftermath of the incident posted on social media showed chunks of masonry and cars apparently crumpled by the explosion lying outside the restaurant in a northwestern district of the city.

Press journalist for HRO media – M Yousaf contributed to this report.

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