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.