Kuwait Wedding Fire Linked to Groom's Ex

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2009 6:17 AM CDT
Kuwaiti men pray over the remains of some of the 43 women and children who died in a fire in a wedding tent Saturday.   (AP Photo/ Nasser Wajeeh)
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(Newser) – The fire that engulfed a wedding tent in Kuwait and killed 43 women and children in less than 3 minutes was set by the groom's ex-wife, local media reported today. A government spokesman confirmed that the arsonist has confessed, according to the AP, but offered no further details. The incident has left the small nation reeling, and Kuwait's emir has canceled his annual Ramadan reception out of sympathy for the victims.