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One dead, 11 hurt in mosque dome collapse Ministry opens probe into tragedy

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 20: The dome of Al- Zair Mosque in Omariya collapsed, leading to the death of one person and injuries to 11 others. Afew hours after the incident, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Nayef Al-Ajmi instructed the ministry officials to carry out comprehensive investigation. He stressed the need to refer everyone who contributed to the incident and those who neglected their duties to the Public Prosecution.

The minister made the statement when he visited the mosque for on-the-spot assessment of the situation. He asserted, “We will closely follow-up the issue until we are able to identify those who caused it and hold them responsible. My heart bleeds over the incident and I share the grief of the victims.” Reacting to the collapse of the dome Al-Ajmi emphasized in a press statement on Thursday that those responsible for this incident would be held legally accountable for it.

After surveying the site of the collapse of the mosque, under construction in the suburb of Al-Omariya today, Al-Ajmi said the Al-Zair Mosque was in the midst of renovation by a construction company which the Justice Ministry had contracted to carry out that task. It was during the renovation work that the dome collapsed injuring eleven workers on the site, he said, noting that a technical panel has been formed to look into the reasons that caused the unfortunate incident.

Fire department officials who rushed to the site yesterday were able to whisk off four of the injured to a hospital and the rest were treated and released on the site itself. Director General of the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate Maj Gen Yusuf Al-Ansari said some four fire stations took part in the rescue efforts, which began immediately after an emergency call was made on the incident. The collapse also led to material losses, added the official, saying that an investigation is currently underway to determine its causes.

By: By Abdul-Nasser Al-Aslami Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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