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Kuwait wedding fire was criminal: official

A fire that killed 43 people in a wedding tent in Kuwait was a criminal act by a perpetrator motivated by personal reasons, a Kuwaiti spokesman said Monday.
People gather around the burnt debris after a fire broke out at a wedding tent on Saturday night in Kuwait City, Kuwait killed 41 women and children. ((Associated Press))

A fire in a wedding tent in Kuwait was a criminal act committed by a perpetrator motivated by personal reasons, a Kuwaiti spokesman said Monday.

The inferno Saturday night in the tribal area of al-Jahra, west of Kuwait City, consumed the women's tent within minutes and left behind bodies so charred they were unrecognizable.

The toll climbed to 43 women and children after two of the victims who were hospitalized with severe burns died Sunday, said Kuwaiti fire department chief Brig.-Gen. Jassem al-Manouri, adding that it was the worst disaster he has seen in almost four decades of service.

Interior Ministry spokesman Col. Mohammed al-Saber told the state-owned Kuwait television Monday that the perpetrator behind the blaze has been identified and has confessed to committing the crime for personal reasons. Al-Saber didn't elaborate.

However, speculation in Kuwaiti newspapers on Monday implicated the groom's former wife. Another 52 people injured in the blaze remained in hospital, the health minister, Hilal al-Sayer, told the TV. It was still unclear if the bride had survived.

With files from The Associated Press