Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Death Toll in Kuwait Wedding Fire Rises to 45 - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

KUWAIT CITY, (AP) — The death toll in a fire at a Kuwaiti wedding celebration has risen to 45 women and children, an official said Tuesday, as authorities questioned a suspect they say confessed to starting the blaze.

Fire department chief Brig. Gen. Jassem al-Mansouri said four more victims died in hospital and six remained in critical condition.

Authorities announced Monday they had a suspect in custody who confessed to starting the fire for “personal reasons,” but they did not provide any details about that person’s identity.

Kuwaiti newspaper reports have said she is the groom’s ex-wife or first wife. Islam allows men to take up to four wives.

Calls to the Interior Ministry for comment on the reports were unanswered Tuesday.

Saturday’s blaze in the tribal area of al-Jahra, west of Kuwait City, destroyed the wedding tent where guests were celebrating in just three minutes. It was Kuwait’s worst fire in almost four decades.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube