Wedding gunfire cuts cable, 23 electrocuted

Last updated 22:55 31/10/2012

Relevant offers

Middle East

Aussie jets drop more than 100 Iraq bombs Air strikes kill IS group leaders in Iraq After school attack, Pakistan vows to pursue militants outside its borders A trail of carnage is seen inside Pakistan army school after massacre Taliban gunmen kill 141, mostly children 180 soldiers, jihadists killed in battle for Syria base Children of war: 7 pictures of lost innocence Islamic State issues guidelines for sex slaves Dozens killed in Afghanistan Life on the frontline with the Islamic State

Celebratory gunfire at a wedding party in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night (Wednesday NZT) brought down an electric cable, killing 23 people, a local civil defence official says.

"At the wedding, the cable fell on a metal door and the 23 people who died were all electrocuted," Eastern Province official Abdullah Khashman said by phone.

A photograph of the aftermath of the accident, published on local newspapers' websites showed a large courtyard strewn with fallen chairs and a pole in the middle supporting cables carrying lightbulbs.

All those killed were from the same tribe, Khashman said. Thirty others were injured in the incident near Abqaiq, a centre of the Saudi energy industry.

Saudi Arabia banned the shooting of firearms at weddings, a popular tradition in tribal areas of the conservative Islamic kingdom, last month.

Eastern Province governor Prince Mohammed bin Fahd ordered an investigation into the incident, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content