Twelve people died when a gas cylinder exploded Thursday at a restaurant in Doha, Qatar, the emirate’s civil defense director said in a televised news conference.
The blast injured 31 others and caused the partial collapse of Istanbul Restaurant, civil defense director Hamad Othman N. Al-Duhaimi said.
The collapse injured customers, employees and some people walking past the restaurant, Al-Duhaimi said. It also damaged nearby buildings and cars near the restaurant, which is close to the city’s popular Landmark Mall.
The force of the blast spread 165 feet (50 meters), Qatar’s Interior Ministry said on Twitter.
It’s not known at this time what caused the gas cylinder to explode. Authorities were investigating, the ministry said.
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Doha: At least 4 people were killed Thursday in a “gas cylinder” explosion in the Qatari capital, state television reported, airing footage of serious damage, according to the State TV.
The explosion tore through a restaurant attached to a mall in Doha, Qatar Television said. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was accidental. Footage showed paramedics carrying a covered body past rubble strewn some 50 metres away from the building, whose roof had caved in. A witness said police had cordoned off the area.
In May 2012, 19 people were killed in a blaze at a major Doha mall, including 13 children and four supervisors at a nursery located within the shopping centre.