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With reporting from Neha Rashid

A Bangladeshi man has died in an accidental gas explosion at a Qatar shipyard just days before he was reportedly due to return home to his family for a surprise Eid visit.

Nurul Amin Mintu was killed last Wednesday, June 29, when a gas cylinder exploded at a yard run by his employers Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), an official at the Bangladesh Embassy in Doha said.

Speaking to Doha News, counselor Mohammed Sherajul Islam said:

“He died in an accident. The post-mortem said he had burn injuries due to an explosion of a gas cylinder.”

An unnamed Indian man is also believed to have been killed in the blast, the official added.

Nurul Amin Mintu

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Nurul Amin Mintu

However, the Indian Embassy in Qatar refused to comment to Doha News about the incident.

No further details of the explosion have been released and Nakilat-Keppel could not be reached for comment.

The company runs the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma yard in Ras Laffan Industrial City and describes itself as “one of the Middle East’s leading shipyards.”

According to its website, the firm provides “repair, conversion and construction services for marine vessels, offshore and onshore structures.”

Family’s ‘shock’

Mintu’s body was flown back to Dhaka on Friday and he was buried at his village home in Narsingdi’s Raipura the following day.

His company has paid his salary to his family, as well as allowances and holiday pay that amount to QR36,700, the embassy official said.

“This is not compensation. That will be decided by a court later,” Islam added.

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Mintu had been working in Qatar for nearly two years following 22 years in the UAE.

He had been due to return to Dhaka last Friday to make a surprise visit to his wife and two daughters in time for Eid Al Fitr, Bangladesh newspaper The Daily Star reported.

He reportedly last spoke to his wife on the phone the night before the incident.

“We are very much shocked by his sudden and tragic death,” Kamal, Mintu’s brother-in-law, told the newspaper.

Mintu’s wife Monira Ameen Moni, said her husband had moved the family from Narsingdi to Dhaka to ensure his children got a better education.

She told the newspaper:

“He loved his daughters deeply. I don’t know what’ll happen now. I am worried about my daughters’ future.”

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Qatar condemns attacks in Bahrain, Bangladesh

Qatar’s foreign ministry has condemned a bombing south of Bahrain’s capital on Thursday that killed one woman and injured her three children, saying it ran “contrary to all human values, principles and teachings of Islamic Sharia.”

It also condemned a shooting and hostage situation at a cafe in Bangladesh’s capital that ISIS has claimed responsibility for. According to QNA, Qatar said it “rejects violence and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever its motives and causes.”

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Four Qatar residents have died and one man is in critical condition in the hospital after the driver of their minibus lost control of the vehicle and it rolled over several times on the Doha Expressway earlier this week.

The incident happened around 11am on Tuesday, officials at the Bangladesh embassy have said.

The vehicle was carrying eight Bangladeshi passengers from their accommodation near the Wholesale Market to Dukhan Road, First Secretary Mohammad Rabiul Islam told Doha News.

Mohammed Moin Uddin, who was working as a blacksmith, and Mohamed Islamuddin, who was working as a plaster technician and mason, both died on the scene.

Mechanic Muhammed Muhibur and Mohamed Awlad Hussen, who was employed as a laborer, died at the hospital.

They were in their 20s and 30s.

Survivors

Three other passengers have since been released. One passenger, as well as the Egyptian driver, remain in the hospital.

Islam said the exact cause of the collision was not clear. However, he said no other vehicles were involved and that the bus did not appear to hit anything before it rolled over three or four times.

He said one of the surviving passengers told embassy officials that he believed the minibus was speeding at the time.

All of the victims hail from Kanaighat, a subdistrict of Sylhet in northeastern Bangladesh.

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Islam said he accompanied Bangladesh’s ambassador in Qatar to the hospital to speak with the survivors.

He added that the embassy is helping to coordinate between hospital officials, the police and the family members of the victims to repatriate their bodies.

Once the police investigation is complete, the embassy will also be pursuing compensation – as well as the final wages and payments from the men’s employer – for the families, Islam said.

He added that the incident shows how quickly careless driving can lead to a tragedy:

“Within a minimum period of time, four people have died and four families have been damaged. Drivers should be careful while (behind the wheel),” he told Doha News.

There are approximately 300,000 Bangladeshi citizens living in Qatar, Islam said.

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