A homeowner in Ain Khalid died on Thursday after he tried to stop two men from robbing his house, but it is unclear what caused his demise.
UPDATE | Sept. 15, 2013
The Ministry of Interior has weighed in on the case in a public statement, confirming that the man died of a heart attack during an attempted robbery on his home.
The MOI added that the man’s son suffered injuries and that one suspect was taken into custody and has been referred to the courts.
Citing a relative of the victim, Al Sharq states that the man caught the would-be thieves when he returned home around 8pm.
It added that he was assaulted with a knife in front of his house and died of his wounds. One of the assailants was arrested, while the other fled, the newspaper states. An investigation into the case continues.
Qatar Tribune, which cites people who knew the victim, offers a different account of what happened, reporting that the man died of a heart attack during the incident.
The newspaper states that the intruders had started stabbing the homeowner’s teenage son with a sharp knife, which put the harried father into cardiac arrest.
The Ministry of Interior could not be reached to confirm either report.
The nationality of the victim and the attackers was not mentioned. But on Twitter, many users appeared to believe the man who was killed was a local, and that the thieves were expats:
@dohanews Qatari murdered today by Asian expats. Qatar shall remain Safe, such acts require stricter rules on visa’s.— H͏A͏S͏S͏A͏N͏ (@hjalsa)
Responding to a tweet from Jaber Al Harmi, editor-in-chief of Al Sharq, about the incident, one resident said:
@jaberalharmi اكثر من مليون ونصف عامل ماذا تتوقع ان يحدث .. هل لدينا الامن الكافي لهم هل لدينا المكان الكافي لسكنهم— بوحـــزام (@murshed_h)
(“More than a million and a half workers – What do you expect to happen? Do we have enough security for them or enough places to let them live here?”)
Others expressed shock at the crime and expressed their condolences for the victim.
Credit: Translation by Amin Isaac; Photo for illustrative purposes only by Tex Texin