2009 Kuwait wedding fire
|2009 Kuwait wedding fire|
|Date||August 15, 2009 |
9:20 pm (UTC+3)
|Perpetrator||Nasra Yussef Mohammad al-Enezi,|
The 2009 Kuwait wedding fire was an arson attack that occurred during a wedding ceremony in Jahra, Kuwait on August 15, 2009. At least 57 people were killed and about 90 others wounded when the groom's 23-year-old first wife, Nasra Yussef Mohammad al-Enezi, to take revenge for her husband taking a second wife, poured petrol on a tent where women and children were celebrating and set it on fire. Within three minutes the whole tent, which had only one exit and did not meet fire safety regulations, was engulfed in flames, trapping many inside. It was the deadliest civilian disaster in Kuwait in the last 40 years.
There was only one exit. It had been claimed that the temperature inside the tent was above 500 degrees Celsius (930 °F). Although al-Enezi recanted a confession she had given to police after her arrest, stating in court she had only sprayed the tent with cursed water, but did not set it on fire, she was found guilty of premeditated murder and starting a fire with the intent to kill and sentenced to death on March 30, 2010. She was hanged by the Kuwaiti Central Prison authorities on January 25, 2017.
- Kuwaiti woman denies starting deadly fire at wedding, AFP (October 27, 2009)
- Sky News
- Ex-wife admits Kuwait wedding arson, Al Jazeera (August 17, 2009)
- fire death toll rises to 46, Kuwait Times (August 19, 2009)
- Jahra toll now 47, Arab Times (August 31, 2009). Accessed 2009-09-02. Archived 2009-09-07.
- Kuwait wedding fire death toll rises to 49 - official, Arabian Business (September 10, 2009). Accessed 2009-09-10. Archived 2009-09-12.
- Jahra tent fire toll 52, Arab Times (October 7, 2009)
- Kuwait wedding blaze death toll hits 54 Archived 2009-10-13 at the Wayback Machine, business.maktoob.com (October 11, 2009)
- Kuwait wedding blaze death toll rises to 55 Arabian Business (October 18, 2009)
- Todesstrafe für dutzendfachen Mord aus Eifersucht, Focus (March 30, 2010)
- Kuwait wife sentenced to death for fatal wedding fire, BBC News (March 30, 2010)
- Kuwait carries out seven executions in deeply alarming setback for human rights, Amnesty International (25 January, 2017)