Children kill themselves mimicking Saddam hanging

January 13, 2007 23:27

The recent deaths of several children and adolescents around the world share a common thread - they hanged themselves after watching graphic footage of Saddam Hussein's execution. From Yemen to the United States, officials and family members say these children were apparently mimicking the former dictator's Dec. 30 hanging, shown not just in a government-issued video but also on clandestine tapes that popped up on numerous Internet sites and some TV channels. In Yemen, at least two young boys died and another was severely injured after they apparently imitated Saddam's death. One of the cases involved a 13-year-old Yemeni junior high school student who hanged himself after watching Saddam's execution on television, a security official said.

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