Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has expressed condolences to Iraq, Report informs.
“We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Iraq over the death of more than 115 and injury of dozens of people during the fire at a wedding hall in Nineveh province,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry wrote on X.
A raging fire seemingly caused by fireworks set off to celebrate a Christian wedding consumed a hall packed with guests in northern Iraq.
Authorities said that flammable building materials also contributed to the latest disaster to hit Iraq’s dwindling Christian minority. In the fire’s chaotic aftermath, officials offered conflicting death tolls and security officials said they had detained staff at the wedding hall as part of their investigation.
The fire happened in the Hamdaniya area of Iraq’s Nineveh province, authorities said. That’s a predominantly Christian area just outside of the city of Mosul, some 335 kilometers (205 miles) northwest of Baghdad.