A young man has been reportedly killed during a wedding in the northern Egyptian city of El Hamool in Kafr El-Sheikh by a ‘celebratory’ bullet fired from a shotgun by one of invited guests.
A video of the incident revealed that a young man was invited to the stage, where he tried to greet the bride by firing from a shotgun on to lose control of the weapon and shot a stray bullet that hit a 14-year-old seated below the bridal platform.
El Hamool central police station identified the teenaged boy as Ayman Alaa from the village of Abu Sakin. Police day the child has died from the gunshot wound.
Celebratory gunshots are considered a traditional norm at weddings and celebrations in Arab and Middle Eastern countries despite the illegality. Several governments, however, have crackdown on the practice after several people have died from stray bullets in years passed.
In 2015, Jordan’s King Abdullah again strongly condemned the use of celebratory gunfire after a video surfaced online of a man accidentally shooting a young boy at what appears to be a wedding.