Kuwait Wedding Blaze set for 'Personal Reasons'

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A fire that tore through a wedding tent killing dozens in Kuwait, Aug. 15, was a crime done for personal reasons.
The groom's former wife has admitted to setting the blaze and is now behind bars.

The 23-year-old woman confessed to police that she wanted to avenge what she described as her ex-husbands "bad treatment" of her before their divorce.

"This catastrophe is one of the worst ever to take place in Kuwait," said Roudhan Al-Roudhan, Kuwait minister of State of Cabinet Affairs. "My prayers go out to the people of Kuwait and the families of the victims."

In all, 43 women and children died Saturday when the ex-wife of the groom used kerosene-soaked rags to start the fire.  Ninety others were also injured in the fire.

Within minutes, fire ripped through the tent holding the wedding party.

Most of the victims were charred beyond recognition.  Forensic experts were called in to try and identify the dead.  A number of those killed were crushed as they attempted to escape the fire.

"The tent had only one exit, which caused a stampede when the fire broke out, leading to the death of more victims," said Jassem al-Mansouri of the Kuwaiti Fire Deparment

Now, Kuwaiti members of Parliament are demanding to know why there are not stricter safety and security rules for wedding tents.

"We will hold an investigation, along with other authorities, into what caused the incident," said Asakar al Ansi, member of of the Kuwaiti Parliament.

In Kuwait and throughout the Muslim world, wedding parties are held separately for women and men, with children usually attending the women's party.

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