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Syrian rebel blows himself up while taking selfie

Yet another incident of when a selfie goes horribly wrong.

  • Updated: September 17, 2016 11:17 AM IST

A Syrian rebel accidentally blew himself and his comrades up while taking a selfie with a phone possibly connected to a bomb, the media reported. The 30-second clip shows eight men from the Free Syrian Army gathering around a camera. They were sitting in front of a rebel flag as they sing into a microphone, with two rifles propped up in front of them.

The unverified footage then showed one of the men picking up a phone and holding it up to take a picture of him and the other rebels, DailyMail reported. A clicking noise can be heard moments before a sudden blast rocks the room, with flames and smoke obscuring the camera’s view. The rebels can be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” — God is great — as they jump over the camera to help their comrades. When the dust clears, the camera has been blown backwards onto the floor and is pointing towards a ceiling fan. It is not known if anyone was injured or killed in the blast, the report added. The rebel group is fighting against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following the uprising in the nation in 2011.

This is far from the first selfie-related accidents being reported on. Despite numerous warnings from governments worldwide, people continue to put their lives in danger to click selfies at the most dangerous of places. Earlier this year, a 23-year-old Indian fell to his death while clicking a selfie at the Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan. Such cases have led to the Ministry of Tourism in India issuing a notice to state governments to take measures to avoid mishaps of selfies at tourist spots. According to the advisory, all states and Union Territories must mark selfie-danger zones at popular tourist spots. ALSO READ: The riskiest selfies by this Russian daredevil girl will give you the cringe

  • Published Date: September 17, 2016 11:05 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 17, 2016 11:17 AM IST