Fire at Iraqi Wedding Venue Kills Dozens of People

Over 100 people were killed and 150 injured after a fire broke out at a wedding in northern Iraq on the night of September 26-27, according to officials.

State media put the death toll at at least 100, with 150 people injured. Nineveh Deputy Governor Hassan al-Allaq later told Reuters the figure had reached at least 113.

Emergency crews spent the night of September 26-27 sifting through rubble and searching for survivors at the venue in Al-Hamdaniyah.

Footage filmed by Kurdistan 24 showed the destroyed wedding venue.

Initial reports from Iraq’s Civil Defense Directorate indicated fireworks were used during the ceremony and may have caused the fire inside the hall.

Iraq’s Ministry of Interior said arrest warrants against four owners of the wedding hall had been issued, according to state media. Credit: Kurdistan 24 via Storyful

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