Terrifying moment dad shoots cigarette held in son’s MOUTH with an AK-47
A DAD has been blasted for his cruel actions after terrifying footage emerged of him shooting a cigarette out of his son’s mouth with an AK-47.
The horrifying clip, said to be filmed in southern Iraq, showed the unidentified father as he used the child as target practice.
According to reports, the man – from the governorate of Al Muthanna – told his son to hold the cigarette in his mouth so he could show off his sniping skills.
In the video, the boy is seen standing in front of the camera with his chin raised and the cigarette thrust up into the sky from his mouth.
Meanwhile, his dad walks towards the far end of the courtyard with a rifle in his hand before taking a sitting position on the ground.
He takes aim as his son tries to remain as still as possible before pulling the trigger.
The stunned youngster flinches at the noise and then removes the ciggie from his mouth, showing it to the camera before his dad brags about his accuracy.
After the video was widely shared online, social media users expressed their horror and called on local authorities to take action, with some claiming it should be treated as attempted murder.
The calls come just five years after a bungling sharpshooter attempting a similarly gruesome experiment as he tried to hit a cigarette out of a woman’s hand.
Footage showed the relaxed “assistant” holding a lit cig between her digits as a target for his rifle.
But the gunslinger’s 22 pellet, fired from close range, appeared to hit the woman’s fingers and left her screaming and covered in blood.
In 2018, a wrongly calculated YouTube prank proved fatal when a woman shot her boyfriend dead in front of their three-year-old daughter in a stunt they hoped would go viral.
Monalisa Perez believed partner Pedro Ruiz would be shielded by a thick book as she blasted him from close range.
However, after shooting her boyfriend with a Desert Eagle pistol, described as “one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns,” he tragically died on the spot.
At the time, Perez told a sheriff’s deputy that it was Ruiz who had been pushing his idea for the video, which was recorded by one camera on the back of a parked vehicle and another on a ladder.
He had shown Perez another book he had shot and how the bullet had not gone all the way through.
Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was jailed for six months.