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Deadly fire rips through Doha shopping mall

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Deadly fire rips through Doha shopping mall

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At least 19 foreign nationals, 13 of them children, have been killed in a fire at a shopping mall in Qatar.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze in the capital Doha, which is understood to have started in a childcare facility.

Four of the dead children were from Spain. A relative of one those killed said there did not appear to be any fire alarms or a sprinkler system in place.

According to the authorities, all buildings abide by safety regulations “with no exceptions.”

The Villagio Mall is part of an Italian-themed complex, which also includes a hotel and theme park.