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A shocking video shows the moment a dad shoots a cigarette out of his son’s month with a Kalashnikov rifle. You can see the clip here:
The video, which was filmed in Al Muthanna in Iraq, has sparked outrage from social media users who have condemned the dad’s incredibly irresponsible and dangerous actions.
According to local media, the man asked his son to hold the cigarette in his mouth so he could use it as a target to show off his sniping skills.
In the video, the boy can be seen standing in front of the camera, thrusting his chin upwards so the cigarette is raised.
Meanwhile, his gun-toting dad walks towards the far end of the courtyard they’re in, before sitting down on the ground.
In heart-stopping footage, he then takes aim at the cigarette while the boy stays as still as possible.
The boy flinches at the noise from the rifle, before removing the cigarette from his mouth to show it to the camera.
The dad then brags about his accuracy - completely glossing over just how dangerous the stunt was.
After the video was shared online, social media users were left fuming with the dad’s actions and have urged local authorities to get involved, with some saying the stunt should be treated as attempted murder.
While others pointed out that kids should never ever be used in props in this way.
It’s unclear if the local authorities are investigating the incident or if there are any plans to take action against the dad.
Sadly, this isn't the first instance of irresponsible parenting as a couple of years back, a man in Beijing was widely condemned after he was filmed dangling a young boy, thought to be his son, over a sheer drop on the edge of a mountain road.
The incident was filmed by tourists visiting the mountain path known as Hongjing Road in Beijing.
That particular stretch of road is known as 'Devil's Road' because it has 18 tight hairpin turns - during World War II it was an important defensive point, but now the 18.94km (11.7mile) stretch of rural road has been converted into a beauty spot and is popular with tourists.
In the shocking footage, which racked up millions of views, the man could be seen holding the young boy by both arms, dangling him over the edge of the road.
The youngster placed both feet on the wall and seemed to be completely unaware of the dangers posed by the sheer drop that was beneath him.
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