The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday confirmed reports that five Filipinos were killed in a road accident in Qatar.
Five expatriates, all of them reportedly Filipinos, were charred to death when their car caught fire after being hit by another vehicle near the Hamad International Airport (HIA) on the Corniche-Wakra highway yesterday.
A Filipina was severely injured in the incident that happened between 12.30pm and 1 pm,, sources said. The woman was reportedly a co-passenger of the victims.
The names of the victims were not known even though sources in the Traffic Department confirmed that the deceased were Filipino expatriates. Though there were reports of a child being among those killed it could not be confirmed.
The other vehicle involved in the accident was driven by a young national , who escaped with minor injuries, it is learnt.
A Philippine embassy official, who visited the Hamad hospital mortuary, told Gulf Times that all bodies have been charred beyond recognition. "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," he said.
It was also not known whether the victims were going to the airport to see off somebody or to receive someone.