Mystery as Brit ‘bludgeoned to death’ while another fights for life in Qatar

Mystery surrounds the death of a Scottish oil worker who was found “bludgeoned to death” at a rig off the coast of Qatar.

A second Brit is said to be seriously injured following a brutal attack on the unnamed pair, who worked on board the Seafox Burj platform in the Persian Gulf.

The worker who died was reportedly found lifeless in his room by a man who was suspicious of the alleged murderer, before he was also attacked after confronting the suspect.

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Both the two victims and the attacker were said to be Scottish workers for Stapem Offshore, a French company that is also based in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Speaking to The Times, one employee also on the rig revealed: “Apparently, one guy battered another worker with a breathing apparatus bottle.

"We were told he then wrapped him up in the bed sheet, put him in the bathroom and went for his dinner.

“A third guy saw him and asked how the now dead man was and said he was going to see him.

"We heard he followed him back to the room and then hit him over the head and started to strangle him, but he managed to escape and get help.”

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Another employee added that it was a “murder and attempted murder on the rig” in a situation “I don’t think anyone in the industry has experienced”.

They alleged the perpetrator had been planning on throwing the victim into the sea before escaping later that night.

The newspaper reported that cops raced to the scene in a helicopter to secure the area and launch a probe.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed the incident and added: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has died and a man who has been injured in Qatar and are in contact with the local authorities."

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