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Nine people killed in Doha restaurant explosion
February 27, 2014, 2:30 pm

Nine people have been killed when gas canisters exploded in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday, authorities have confirmed.

Thirty-two were wounded, three of them critically, the Qatar News Agency confirmed.

The explosion happened at the Istanbul restaurant next to a petrol station near the Landmark Mall, with nearby buildings suffering fire damage.

Emergency vehicles have attended the scene and Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani is on site to oversee the investigation.

“Authorities are currently cooling the accident site, securing nearby shops and moving the affected things and parts from the scene,” the Ministry of Interior said on its official Twitter page.

It also reported some roads had been closed, so it appealed to motorists to use alternative routes in order to ease congestion in the area.

The Hamad Medical Corporation also appealed to the public to donate blood so it could attend to the wounded and to keep stocks high.

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