‘Mini ISIS’ prank leaves Egyptian actress running for her life
The extraordinarily cruel prank was part of Egyptian channel Al Nahar TV’s show ‘Mini ISIS’ which involves actors dressed in militant uniforms
An Egyptian actress was reduced to a sobbing, nervous wreck on national television when pranksters staged a fake ISIS abduction and tried to make her wear a phony suicide belt.
Militants linked to ISIS have previously claimed attacks on the country, so it is not inconceivable that Heba Magdy believed she had somehow become embroiled in a terrifying extremist plot, reports Albawaba.com.
The extraordinarily cruel prank was part of Egyptian channel Al Nahar TV’s show “Mini ISIS” which involves actors dressed in militant uniforms and carrying crude ISIS flags frightening unsuspecting victims.
On Sunday, Al Nahar TV tweeted a clip of the bizarre hidden camera program, showing the “breakdown” of their first hostage Magdy.
During the show, Magdy sobs uncontrollably as she is surrounded by a group of masked men carrying guns and a whip.
At one point the screaming woman cowers behind a wooden chair, while an actor posing as a terrorist attempts to wrap a prop suicide vest stuffed with hoax explosives around her.
The traumatic trick culminates with police apparently surrounding the building as firecrackers go off and a man in a balaclava points a rocket launcher at the door.
AhlulBayt News Agency reported that Magdy was unaware it was all a prank. Other episodes of “Mini Daesh” have since aired on Al Nahar TV, with one frightened man being forced to swear an oath in front of the ISIS flag.
This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on June 15, 2016.