New Zealand triplets likely among Qatar mall dead

Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Young New Zealand triplets are believed to be among the 13 children killed in a fire in a shopping mall in Qatar.

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key told reporters Tuesday that "on the best information" he has, he believes that three New Zealanders are dead.

"They're very young children," Key said, adding that they were in a nursery or crib. "They're likely to be triplets," Key said, adding that he couldn't formally confirm the deaths.

"The family are obviously dealing with the terrible grief that they have at this time," Key said. "Obviously it's a very tragic day for that family and my thoughts are with them during this difficult time."

In all, 19 people died in the fire that broke out late Monday morning in Villaggio mall in the capital Doha.