Car Bomb at Qatar Theatre Kills Briton, Wounds 12
Sat Mar 19, 2005 06:28 PM ET
By Odai Sirri
DOHA (Reuters) - A car bomb killed one Briton and wounded at least 12 people on Saturday at a theater frequented by Westerners in Qatar, the command center for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq which began exactly two years ago.
"The explosion was caused by a rigged car. One person was killed and 12 were wounded, of whom 10 have left hospital," the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried on the state news agency QNA.
British Foreign Office in
sources said the attack in the capital
of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden have staged attacks in neighboring
member of the investigating team told Reuters a medium-sized vehicle had
slammed into the one-storey building housing the theater, near a British school
Brigadier General Ahmad al-Hayki of the Interior Ministry told Qatar-based Al Jazeera television the blast had struck the theater cafeteria, and that most of the wounded were Qataris, other Arabs and Asians.
if the blast had any links to militant attacks in
sentiment has been high in the region over the
An Al Jazeera correspondent on the scene said about 100 people had been inside the Doha Players theater, where William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" had been showing.
Reuters witness said the one-storey theater had been badly damaged and rescue
teams were clearing the rubble. White plumes of smoke rose from the building in
Police sealed off the Fareek Klaib district as investigators and sniffer dogs fanned out across the area.
Witnesses said the force of the blast shattered windows of houses and cars in the residential area.
A security guard at the nearby British school told Reuters the blast shattered several windows in the school, which was closed at the time, and that a ceiling collapsed in an auditorium.
about 40 teachers who live in the school compound were evacuated but that no
one was hurt there. The Foreign Office spokesman said the explosion was
year, a car bomb in
foreign office spokesman in
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