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Posted By: Akhe Abdullah
Date Posted: 17 August 2009 at 7:00pm
Ex-wife started Kuwait wedding tent fire that killed 43
A spurned ex-wife started a fire at the second marriage of her former husband which killed 43 women and children, according to police sources in Kuwait.

By Richard Spencer in Dubai
Published: 1:51PM BST 17 Aug 2009

Previous1 of 3 ImagesNext Disaster was worsened by the stampede which took place after the fire took hold Photo: AP
Fire took minutes to consume the wedding tent Photo: AP
The authorities have not released the name of the bride or groom, or said whether the bride survived. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Maids saw the woman, 23, pouring petrol over the marquee in which the women's celebration was taking place in a town west of Kuwait City.

She was later arrested and made an immediate confession saying she was upset over her "bad treatment" from the groom, who had divorced her.

Colonel Mohamad al-Saber, spokesman for the interior ministry, said: "We have identified the perpetrator, who confessed to committing the crime for personal reasons."

The fire, on Saturday evening, took hold at immense speed, spreading through the flammable upholstered seating and consuming the wedding tent in three minutes.

"There were a couple of hundred women in the tent," Abdullah al-Zafeeri, whose mother and sister are among the injured, told local reporters. "I heard the women screaming. Some children died in the arms of their mothers."

Many of the women and children, who were segregated from the men in separate parties as is conventional for Gulf wedding ceremonies, died after being caught in a stampede for the marquee's only exit.

Rescue services were impeded by the fact that the tent had been erected in a narrow space between residential complexes.

Police were forced to conduct DNA tests on the remains in order to try to identify them. Photographs of the scene showed charred wreckage of tables and chairs, and rows of shoes burned into the ground.

The names of the dead, and of the bride and groom's families, have not been released in accordance with local sensitivities. But local observers said the couple were both members of the extended al-Anzi family, who come from a traditional area of western Kuwait where many Bedouin desert tribes have settled in recent decades.

The bride was said to survived the blaze, since she was still being prepared with make-up and henna and had not yet arrived at the banquet. But her mother and sister were believed to be among the dead. The 23-year-old woman detained over the fire was also said to be an al-Anzi.

The woman has yet to be brought before a court, and her fate is unclear. The death penalty is in force in Kuwait, including for women, although the emirate can offer leniency in the case of mental impairment.

"It all depends on her lawyers and what she tells the court," one source said. "But I think she is bound to get a big sentence, maybe even the death sentence, as the toll is so big. Too many people died."

Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 17 August 2009 at 7:20pm

La hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azeem. 

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. -

Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 17 August 2009 at 9:15pm

Asked about her motives for starting the fire, the unidentified 23-year-old woman said that she had wanted to take revenge on her parents-in-law, whom she accused of destroying her marriage. She added that she had argued continually with them, saying they wanted to "burn" her heart by making her ex-husband marry another woman. Asked by the interviewing officers whether she had experienced problems with her husband, she said these problems had increased because of his family, adding that he had begun to bea
t her and create problems due to believing what his family told him about her.

She said she had been considering setting the wedding tent alight since she learned about the wedding party, adding that nobody else had known about her plans. Asked if she had intended to kill those in the tent, she told officers, "Of course not. I only wanted to disturb the party.

When the officers questioning her asked if she knew that more than 40 people had died due to her actions and the number may increase, she collapsed and began crying. After calming down, she explained how she had set the tent on fire, telling officers that on the night of the wedding she had taken a taxi to the home of her parents-in-law in Jahra, carrying two bottles filled with petrol. On arriving, she simply walked up to the tent, poured the petrol on it and set it alight before fleeing. She then took an
other taxi and returned to her home.

While on her way there, she received a text message from her in-laws accusing her of starting the fire. She then called her brother and told him that she was going to Rabiya police station to register a complaint about the message. When the officers asked her if her brother knew that she was behind the fire, she said, "Of course not. I told him I was going out and he didn't know about the fire.

The woman said that once she arrived at the police station to make the complaint, however, she said that the desk officer there refused to register it, telling her that nobody had accused her of anything. After that, she said, she had gone to her parents' home until "you arrested me and sent me to the Criminal Investigation Department in Salmiya. - ==

Posted By: Akhe Abdullah
Date Posted: 17 August 2009 at 11:06pm
Salams Abuayisha. A woman scorned,could that be the missing part in marry 2,3or4 but one is best if ye but knew.May Allah give the deceased the best of His Jannah(Ameen

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