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Videos: At Least 100 Killed As Fire Engulfs Iraq Wedding Hall



More than 100 people have been reported dead and 150 others are injured after a fire broke out during a wedding reception in Iraq.

The wedding was underway in Iraq’s Nineveh province early on Wednesday, September 27, Iraqi state media said.

Fireworks are thought to have sparked the blaze at an events hall in the province’s Hamdaniya district.

The Iraqi News Agency cited civil defence officials as saying highly-flammable illegal cladding lined the building’s exterior walls.

Both Iraqi authorities and those from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region sent ambulances to the scene.

Nineveh governor Najim al-Jubouri explained some of the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. He added that there were no final casualty figures, suggesting the death toll could still rise.

Horrifying images show guests, who managed to escape the blaze, standing on the street while the fire rages.

Another photo shows a woman in a flowing bridal dress just metres from the flames.

Ahmed Dubardani, deputy head of the Nineveh health directorate, later confirmed that both the bride and groom lost their lives. They were reportedly slow-dancing when the fire broke out.

Dubardani told reporters that at least 50 of the injured are in a critical condition.

He added: “The majority of the wounded were completely burned. And some others had 50 to 60 percent of their bodies burned. This is not good at all.”

Survivor Rania Waad, 17, told AFP: “We couldn’t see anything… we were suffocating, we didn’t know how to get out.”

Fire kills bride, groom, and over 100 guests at a wedding (video)

The death toll figure of 100 came from Health Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr. He added: “All efforts are being made to provide relief to those affected by the unfortunate accident.”

People have reportedly gathered at the town’s main hospital to donate blood.

Watch videos from the scene below.






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Student Killed, Another Arrested In Texas High School Shooting




An 18-year-old student is dead and a 17-year-old student has been arrested after a shooting broke out at a Texas high school.

Cops responded to reports of the shooting at Arlington Bowie High School shortly before 3pm on Wednesday, April 24, and found a male student lying on the ground, unresponsive and shot five to six times.

Officers gave CPR to the victim on the ground outside the school, a video obtained by NBC 5 showed.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately released.

Cops took the alleged gunman into custody without incident around 5.30pm. He will be booked into Arlington City Jail and charged with murder in connection with the crime, said police.

“Our hearts are with the entire Bowie High School community tonight,” stated Arlington Police Department Chief Al Jones.

“We, as a community, cannot tolerate this kind of violence. Not in our neighborhoods and not in our schools. Violence is never the right answer.

“We will continue to work in lockstep with our partners at Arlington ISD to ensure our schools are safe spaces where students can learn.”

The campus was placed on lockdown as reports of the shooting spread. Shortly after 3pm, Arlington Independent School District stated that the building was safe and that students would be dismissed on time.

A reunification spot at 1001 E Division Street was set up for students and their parents an hour later.

“It just feels like more of a dangerous place, I feel a bit more scared now,” a senior at the high school, Arely Cortes, told FOX 4.

Desiree Mondy, whose son is a junior at the school, said she felt “our kids are not safe” and that he is “afraid”.

“He knows what to do, like this is a common practice and that’s a problem,” Mondy told NBC 5.

“His text was, ‘Oh mom, we’re on lockdown,’ because this is what they do all the time. Until a friend sent him a text message confirming there were shots fired and there were screams that’s when I could tell he was terrified.”

Classes have been canceled at the high school for Thursday, April 25.

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Teen Girl, Parents Found Dead Inside $5M Mansion In Possible Murder Suicide




A teenage girl and her parents were found dead in a $5 million Massachusetts, USA mansion overnight in an apparent domestic violence incident, police authorities said Friday, December 29.

The bodies of Rakesh Kamal, 57, his wife, Teena, 54, and their 18-year-old daughter, Ariana, were found in their home estimated to be worth $5.45 million — at about 7:30 p.m on Thursday, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said.

The district attorney who described the “terrible tragedy” as a “domestic violence situation” said a gun was found near the husband’s body.

He refused to say whether all three family members were shot dead — and by whom.

Morrissey said he was waiting for the medical examiner’s ruling, which was expected later Friday, before deciding whether to refer to the incident as a murder-suicide.

“Although the investigation is at a very preliminary stage, the evidence available at this time does not indicate the involvement of any outside party, but suggests that this is a deadly incident of domestic violence,” his office said in a statement.

“It is not believed that there is any ongoing danger to the Dover community related to this incident.”

The family’s mansion went into foreclosure a year ago and was sold to the Massachusetts-based Wilsondale Associates LLC for $3 million, property records obtained by The Post show.

The Kamals had purchased the 19,000-square-foot estate – which boasts 11 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms – for $4 million in 2019, according to the records.

The slain family members were the only ones living in the mansion at the time, the DA said, adding that the area was “a nice neighborhood, a safe community.”

The daughter was a student at Middlebury College, a $64,800-a-year private liberal arts school in Vermont, Morrissey confirmed.

The grim discovery of their bodies was made after a relative had stopped by to check on the family members after not hearing from them in one or two days, the district attorney said.

Morrissey added that there had been no prior police reports or domestic incidents tied to the home.

“I hate to see it at any time,” Morrissey said of domestic violence incidents. “I think some of the tensions that people feel in relationships often come out around the holidays.”

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Enough Is Enough: Pope Francis Calls For Ceasefire In Israel-Hamas War




Pope Francis, has waded into the ongoing attacks and violence in Israel and Gaza, saying the killings that had claimed children and women among others.

The leader of the Roman Catholic church, called for humanitarian corridors to allow the delivery of food, water and fuel to the Gaza Strip, which is under heavy Israeli bombardment following a bloody attack by Hamas last weekend

In the eight days since Hamas gunmen killed more than 1,300 Israelis in their attack, Israel has responded with a devastating bombing campaign that had claimed over 2,300 lives in Gaza.

According to reports, conditions in Gaza hospitals were so critical that health workers had begun to store bodies in ice cream freezer trucks because moving them to hospitals has become too risky plus cemeteries have become full.

Pope, speaking after his traditional Angelus prayer in Rome’s Saint Peter’s Square, on Sunday, October 15, said;

“Humanitarian law must be respected, especially in Gaza, where it is urgent and necessary to guarantee humanitarian corridors and help the population.

“I strongly urge that children, the sick, the elderly, women and all civilians should not fall victim to the conflict.

“There have already been so many deaths, please let’s not shed any more innocent blood, not in the Holy Land, not in Ukraine, not anywhere else. Enough is enough. War is always a defeat,” he said, castigating “the diabolical force of hatred, terrorism and war.”

Pope Francis also renewed his call “for the release of the hostages” kidnapped by Hamas fighters in southern Israel and invited “all believers to unite in prayer with the Church in the Holy Land”

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, vowed to “demolish Hamas” as his military prepared to move into the Gaza Strip in search of Islamist militants, whose deadly rampage through Israeli border towns shocked the world.

Israel has told Gazans to evacuate toward the South, which hundreds of thousands had already done in the enclave that was home to more than two million people, about half in Gaza City.

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