41 people, mainly women and children, were killed when a fire broke out at a wedding party in Kuwait, triggering a stampede.

Health Minister Hilal al-Sayer reported that 76 people had been injured with various degrees of burns, some seriously, in the disaster.

The blaze broke out late last night in a tent reserved for women at a wedding ceremony in Jahra.

Many of the injured were admitted to intensive care units of various hospitals in the country.

Rescue teams sifted through the debris and charred items, searching for more possible casualties.

An inquiry was opened to determine the exact causes of the disaster but the authorities have already said that most of the victims had fallen during a stampede after the fire broke out.