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5 OFWs killed in Qatar road crash

By: - NewsLab Lead / @MSantosINQ
/ 03:11 PM October 07, 2014

qatar mapMANILA, Philippines—Five overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were killed in a vehicular accident in Qatar, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Tuesday.

The accident occurred Monday past noon (Qatar time) near the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, DFA spokesman assistant secretary Charles Jose said in a briefing.

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“The three fatalities [were] a family based in Qatar while the other two are Saudi Arabia-based nurses who were visiting during the Eidul Adha holidays,” Jose said.

“One survivor, a nurse from Saudi Arabia who is the sister of the Qatar-based family, is pronounced out of danger and is recuperating at Hamad hospital,” he said.

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The Philippine Embassy in Qatar has not yet provided the names of the casualties or the exact details of the accident.

A Gulf Times report of the accident, however, said that the car of the Filipinos caught fire after being hit by another vehicle driven by a young Qatar citizen.

“The bodies have so badly been burnt that even the gender of the deceased could not be verified. Forensic examination would be required to identify the victims,” a Philippine Embassy official was quoted as saying to Gulf Times.

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