FIVE Filipinos died in a vehicular accident near Doha’s Hamad International Airport on Monday.
The Philippine Embassy in Qatar said two of the victims were Saudi Arabia-based nurses who were visiting Qatar while the other three were members of a family based in Qatar.
Reports said the vehicle that the Filipinos were riding exploded after it was hit by another car driven by a young Qatari who suffered minor injuries.
The Filipinos were burnt beyond recognition, so forensic examination would be required to help identify the victims.
Citing a Philippine Embassy report, Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said another nurse survived and is being treated at the Hamad Hospital.
“The embassy did not say if they [have]informed the next-of-kin [of the victims], so we don’t know [yet]the identities [of the casualties],” he added.
According to reports, the incident took place between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, and that one of the victims was a young child.