Lebanese soldiers mistake concealed shawarma for bomb


We’ve all had bad shawarma at some point, but few can claim to have been searched at gunpoint because of their sandwich. But that’s exactly what happened to Kareem Marwab Salhab, from Lebanon.

Salhab had been MMA training and was headed home when he suddenly got a craving for shawarma. Because it was raining he put the sandwiches under his hoodie, to stop them getting wet.

His journey took him past a government minister’s house that was guarded by members of the Lebanese army. They saw that he had something hidden under his jacket and demanded to know what it was, fearing he might be a suicide bomber.

As the soldiers shouted instructions at Salhab reinforcements arrived, drawing their guns at the startled man. He told the soldiers it was merely a sandwich, but they didn’t believe him.

Slowly on the instruction of the soldiers Salhab unzipped his hoodie to reveal that he was indeed merely hiding a shawarma and not a bomb vest.

Asked if there was anything he had taken away from the experience, he said “don’t leave a shawarma under your hoodie”, but then there’s nothing worse than a soggy sandwich.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48