TICKER: 28 die in Saudi wedding party fire

At least 28 people died and 37 were injured in a blaze that hit a wedding party in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern town of Abqaiq, a senior security official said on Wednesday.

The fire was sparked on Tuesday night by a falling power cable, added Gen. Abdullah Khushaiman, the director of civil defence in the kingdom’s eastern region, Reuters reports.

Witnesses said that the power cable snapped and came down due to celebratory bullets shot in the air by some guests.

Seventy-six people were killed in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of Qatif in 1999 when a fire ripped through a tent where a wedding ceremony was being held.

 – Punch



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