x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

DNA tests to identify fire victims

Kuwaiti authorities are running DNA tests to identify the 41 women and children killed in a wedding tent fire.

Kuwaiti authorities are running DNA tests to identify the 41 women and children killed in a wedding tent fire. Fire department chief Brig Gen Jassem al-Mansouri says the tent was completely consumed in just three minutes in a blazing inferno that left many victims unrecognisable. The cause of the fire is still unclear, but could have been faulty electrical wiring, food heating equipment or coals used for burning incense.

He said that the fire in al-Jahra, west of the capital, was the worst he has seen in his almost four decades of service in Kuwait. Wedding parties are held separately for women and men in Kuwait, and children attend the women's. * AP