Lebanon arrests 'prankster' for threatening to behead kids

2014-09-13 16:15

Beirut - Lebanese police have arrested a man who staged a sick prank by filming himself threatening to behead three Syrian refugee children left in his care, a security official told AFP Saturday.

The video, which was posted on YouTube on Friday and shared widely, shows the three terrified children crying as a man standing behind a camera waves a knife and asks: "Whom do we behead first?"

Adding to the pathos of the incident, the crying children respond by pointing at each other.

A security official said the video proved to be a "sick joke", and that the children had been left in the man's care by their mother, his neighbour, while she went to buy groceries.

"The intelligence branch of the Internal Security Forces has detained the man who made the video," said the police official, adding that the incident had taken place in the southern Nabatiyeh province.

While describing the incident as "an isolated incident", the official said the video was yet another sign of the effect of the Syrian war on Lebanese society.

Lebanon hosts more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees, and fighting related to the conflict frequently breaks out in the tiny country.

Last month, jihadists took a number of Lebanese soldiers and police hostage after battles with them. They subsequently beheaded two of the soldiers, and widely distributed images of their corpses.

"We call on everyone to make sure we maintain our awareness, but of course this video shows the depth of the impact of the Syrian crisis," said the police official.

"People are affected by seeing images of beheadings, and some people will start to imitate them. Poor children; they were terrified," he added.

  • Dolus Smolus - 2014-09-13 16:21

    What will he be charged with? Dolus Jokus?

      Chivo Garcia - 2014-09-13 16:54


      carmen.tatumm - 2014-09-13 17:58


      Abner Mophethe - 2014-09-13 19:15


  • Reg Nagel - 2014-09-13 16:22

    Sick Bastard...

  • Valentine Mo - 2014-09-13 20:38

    only in Lebanon you are allowed to have sex with an animal provided its a female. Now I see why.

      louise.barlow.792 - 2014-09-14 07:16

      Gross dude are u serious? Ooh u just made my stomach turn. This guy taking a knife to these kids even as a joke is a really sick puppy ( no pun intended)

  • Jane Longmuir - 2014-09-14 08:35

    Anyone finding that amusing is sick. I don't care what is going on in the world, there is no excuse for causing deliberate fear in children :(

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