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Celebratory fire kills Kuwaiti groom at wedding

AFP , Wednesday 22 Aug 2012
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An excited friend of a Kuwaiti bridegroom killed him during his wedding with a stray bullet as he charged his gun to fire into the air in celebration, a local daily reported Wednesday.

The man who turned himself in after the incident "fired a bullet by mistake when he was charging his gun," Al-Qabas daily said, adding that the bullet hit the groom and killed him.

He told police that it was all a mistake and that he was shocked by the bullet coming out and penetrating the back of his friend, turning the wedding into a funeral.

The incident took place in the village of Salibiya, in the tribal Jahra province, highlighting the problem of the availability of personal weapons among tribesmen in the oil-rich Gulf emirate.

Celebratory gunfire is common among the tribes although the use of personal weapons is banned.

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