[UPDATE] Explosion in petrol station complex kills 12, injures 31
Twelve people (all male Asian and Arab expatriates) have died and 31 were injured in an explosion that took place at 10.12 am at the Istanbul restaurant in the petrol station complex next to Landmark mall. Most of those dead were restaurant patrons, and the rest pedestrians in the vicinity.
The Ministry of Interior held a press conference at 2.30 pm, to give details of the explosion.
A gas ‘tank’ above the restaurant exploded, and the high impact explosion displaced the cars parked in the area, and resulted in the collapse of a building nearby.
Qatari Prime Minister & Interior Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani was present at the site to investigate.
In the midst of this tragedy, there was an overwhelming response to call for blood donation by HMC. JustHere reader shared this image on his personal twitter feed.
The explosion raises concerns over safety standards in public places, once again. This is the third in a series of petrol stations related incidents. The floor of the Teyseer site on C Ring road collapsed a few months ago, and a Abu Hamour petrol station saw a big fire last year, though there were no casualties in either incident.
What can residents do?
- Donate blood. HMC has a perennial shortage of blood, and with this has a pressing need of donations of all types of blood groups.
- Stay clear of all the access road to the site which is being cleared now.
- Give way to emergency vehicles.