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Kuwait Fire Starter Confesses Crime Was for 'Personal Reasons'


Kuwaiti officials say the blaze that tore through a wedding tent and killed 43 women and children was a criminal act motivated by "personal reasons".

Authorities said Monday they have identified the perpetrator, who confessed to the crime. Local newspapers report the arsonist is the groom's former wife.

Two victims who were hospitalized with severe burns from Saturday's fire died Sunday, bringing the death toll to 43. Authorities say forensics experts are working to identify the other 35 women and six children killed in the fire, since many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition. It is still not clear if the bride survived.

A place of joy turned into a prison of horror as many of the victims were trampled in the panicked rush to flee the tent filled with women and children. At least 57 people were injured in the disaster, which occurred late Saturday in Jahra, west of Kuwait City.

Reports say the blaze took only minutes to destroy the tent.

Wedding parties in Kuwait, a conservative Muslim country, are held separately for men and women. Children attend the women's event.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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