KUWIAT: In a bizarre case described as ‘the first of its kind in Kuwait,’ customs officers yesterday confiscated a shipment containing forged 100 fils valued at KD 2,000 in total before it made its way inside Kuwait. Customs officers became suspicious of a parcel weighing nearly 127 kilograms that arrived at Kuwait International Airport from an Asian country. They obtained a warrant to open and search the parcel, upon which they discovered the fake coins. Concerned authorities were informed about the smuggling attempt, and legal action is being taken.

Suicide attempt
A Kuwaiti citizen escaped death when he jumped from the third floor of a Jabriya building in a suicide attempt, which was prevented when he landed on a sign placed on the second floor. Paramedics took the man to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries he sustained.

Jabriya fire
Hawally and Salmiya fire brigades battled a blaze in a Jabriya apartment yesterday. The 15-storey building was evacuated before the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported in the incident, Kuwait Fire Service Directorate said in a statement. An investigation was opened to determine the cause of the fire.

Crackdown against ‘bachelors’
Kuwait Municipality carried out a campaign against ‘bachelors residence’ in Khaitan, Omariya, Farwaniya and Andalus yesterday, during which municipality inspectors cut power to 38 houses found in violation of the law that bans renting lodgings to single expatriate men in ‘private residence areas’ allocated for families’ residence only. Inspectors also issued 22 warnings during the campaign, while eight houses were voluntarily evicted from bachelors, the municipality said in a statement.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi and Hanan Al-Saadoun