Story By: Mark Simons, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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This is the shocking moment a man’s skullcap flies off the top of his head when he accidentally shoots himself in the face while checking his gun during celebratory gunfire.
The camera captures the sight and sound of a single gunshot that is at such close range the man’s cap is lifted into the air as if on a string.
He instantly falls to the ground as his friends rush to his aid but it is too late to save him.
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Footage shows a group of men, outdoors and standing in a line firing guns into the air to celebrate a forthcoming wedding in Abbottabad, in the Hazara region of Pakistan.
One man checks what appears to be a jammed pistol, holding the gun between his legs and cocking the trigger at which point a single shot rings out and he collapses to the floor.
Despite being taken to Ayub Teaching Hospital it was later confirmed he had died from his injuries.
Firing guns into the air to celebrate a wedding, festival or other event is a longheld custom in many countries but has become controversial in recent years because of the number of casualties it causes.
Last New Year’s Eve in Pakistan, at least 12 people were injured due to aerial firing in different parts of Karachi despite directives from the police to prevent such activities while in Lahore, at least 34 people, including a woman and a child, were injured in similar incidents on the same night.
Earlier in the year, at least 15 people, including children, suffered bullet injuries from guns fired into the air during a wedding ceremony in Faisalabad.