Two shot dead at 'Gangnam Style' wedding dance in Yemen

SANAA Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:00am EST

Related Topics

SANAA (Reuters) - A Yemeni wedding ended in disaster after a guest firing celebratory shots in the air with his AK-47 accidentally killed two men while they were dancing to pop hit "Gangnam Style", according to a police source and a video posted online.

The police source said the guest at the wedding in the southern city of Taiz lost control of his rifle, leading to the deaths. Two other people were being treated in hospital.

A video circulating on the web purportedly shows the incident, which happened late last week. Its authenticity could not be immediately verified.

The footage shows a man shooting a gun in the air and then starting to dance with several other guests to the hit song.

The rattle of gunfire is then heard and when the camera pans down, bodies are seen lying in pools of blood. The music stops as the guests rush to help the victims.

Celebratory gunfire is common at Yemeni weddings.

(Reporting by Mohamed Ghobari; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Pravin Char)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (2)
JamVee wrote:
Most Arabs just love shooting guns into the air when celebrating. They seem to believe that Newton’s law doesn’t apply in countries where Arabic is spoken.

This is, of course, much worse than shooting in the air. This JERK must have been dancing WITH HIS FINGER ON THE TRIGGER (AKs don’t just “go off” by themselves). That identifies him immediately as an IDIOT!

Nov 25, 2013 7:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
leybrabear wrote:
Gun control laws, permits for individual gun ownership, etc.? Do they have anything like that in Yemen or there’s no regulation whatsoever, anyone can own guns?

Nov 25, 2013 1:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.