Kuwait: Wedding Tent Fire Kills 41 Women, Children

Kuwait City, Aug 16 (DPA): At least 41 women and children were killed and dozens more injured in a fire that broke out Saturday night in a tent at a wedding in Kuwait, local media reports said.

Many more were believed to have been killed in a stampede that followed the fire at the wedding in the Ayoun area of Jahra, west of Kuwait City, the Kuwait Times reported. The al-Jazeera news channel reported that at least 70 people were injured.

The cause of the fire was yet to be determined and an investigation had begun, officials said.

At least 20 fire trucks and dozens of firemen battled the blaze, according to the director general of the fire department, Major General Jassim Al-Mansouri. He said the death toll was expected to rise as the tent was packed to capacity.


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  • Nawaz Ahmed, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Aug 16 2009

    Deep condolence to all the victims of fire incident.. Khaalu inalillahi wa ilaehi wa rajoon... May Allah bless their souls,,

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  • Hanni kuwait, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 16 2009

    Innalillhai vainna ilai raajivun May Almighty ALLAH Rest their soul in peace

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  • Jawar D''Souza, M''Lore/Doha

    Sun, Aug 16 2009

    Very tragic incident innocent people have lost lives.I dont understand why tents are used for marriages which are very vulnerable to fire''s, a small spark from the electric wire is enough to set it a blaze. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

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