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12 dead in gas tank explosion at Qatar restaurant

Published on Feb 27, 2014 9:28 PM
 
Firefighters spray the site of a blast in Doha with water as Qatari state television said "gas cylinder" explosion in the Gulf emirate's capital Doha killed and wounded several people, on Feb 27, 2014. Twelve people were killed, including two children, and about 30 wounded when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital off Doha on Thursday, authorities in the Gulf Arab state reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

DOHA (REUTERS) - Twelve people were killed, including two children, and about 30 wounded when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital off Doha on Thursday, authorities in the Gulf Arab state reported.

A security source told Reuters the blast at the Istanbul restaurant was accidental. Another security source at the scene said two Asian children were among the dead.

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

Preliminary investigations suggested that a gas tank exploded, setting off a fire and causing part of the building to collapse, he told a news conference. But investigations were continuing to discover what caused the gas tank to explode.

 
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