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Blast hits Qatari capital of Doha, killing 4

Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 1:31 a.m.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A Qatari official says an apparent gas explosion has killed at least four people near a shopping mall in the capital of Doha.

Civil defense director of operations Gen. Hamid al-Naimi told state-backed Qatar TV that initial reports suggest Thursday's blast was caused by a burst gas cylinder that exploded near the Landmark Mall.

Qatar is a small, wealthy Gulf Arab state with abundant reserves of natural gas that will play host to the 2022 World Cup.