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Nine killed in "gas cylinder" blast in Qatar

Nine people were killed Thursday in a "gas cylinder" explosion in the Qatari capital, state television reported, airing footage of serious damage.

DOHA: Nine people were killed Thursday in a "gas cylinder" explosion in the Qatari capital, state television reported, airing footage of serious damage.

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.

Qatar Television said nine people died in the blast, updating an earlier toll, and that 32 people were injured, three of them critically.

Footage showed paramedics carrying a covered body past rubble strewn some 50 metres away from the building.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed several damaged cars.

A witness said police had cordoned off the area.

Nineteen people were killed in a May 2012 blaze at a major Doha mall, including 13 children and four supervisors at a nursery located within the shopping centre.

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