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Qatar car bomber 'was Egyptian'

Briton dead, 12 people wounded in attack

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- The man who exploded a suicide car bomb outside a Doha, Qatar, theater Saturday was an Egyptian national, Qatar Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.

The blast, near a British school, killed a British national and wounded 12 people.

The Interior Ministry identified the man as Omar Ahmed Ali and said he was the owner of the car used in the bombing.

The Egyptian Embassy said it did not yet have any information about Ali.

After the bombing, officials closed the British and American schools in Doha until further notice and tightened security around all embassies, particularly the U.S. and British embassies.

In an appearance on the Arabic-language television station Al Jazeera, Maj. Ahmed al-Hayki, a senior official at the Ministry, said the wounded included Asians, Arabs and Qataris.

Two of the wounded remained hospitalized; the rest were treated and released. All were expected to survive.

"It's too early to figure out the reason behind the explosion, but we will be issuing a statement very soon explaining the situation and who was behind the explosion," al-Hayki said on al-Jazeera.

A Shakespearean play was on stage at the theater. There were reports of 100 people in the theater and 30 in the play, with most of them being Westerners and Arab expatriates.

TV news footage showed damage to the building and the wreckage of a car. Ambulances were shown transporting people from the scene as firefighters fought the blaze.

The school is in the Markhyia neighborhood, where many expatriates live.

U.S. Central Command has headquarters on the other side of town, and none of the embassies and consulates are near the blast location.


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