Taxi driver beheads six-year-old boy with a shard of glass as the child's frightened mother screamed and tried to save him
Zakaria Al-Jaber was in a cab with his mother and they were on their way to the shrine of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina when the driver suddenly turned on the little boy
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A six-year-old boy in Saudi Arabia was mercilessly beheaded with a shard of glass as his horrified mother screamed and desperately tried to save him from the gruesome death. Zakaria Al-Jaber was in a cab with his mother and they were on their way to the shrine of the Prophet Muhammad in Medina when the driver suddenly stopped the car and forced him out of the vehicle.
TMV reported that the man then dragged the boy to an area close to a coffee shop in the Al-Tilal neighborhood before he smashed a glass into shards. The driver then slit the boy's throat with the glass and then started stabbing him repeatedly as his mother and a nearby police officer tried to stop the vicious attack.
It is still not known why the driver of the taxi attacked the boy in such a brutal way but the Saudi officials have reportedly claimed that the man had been suffering from mental health issues. Shia Rights Watch, meanwhile claimed that the child was killed on February 7 in an act of sectarian violence.
The group also said that the unknown man had asked the woman if she was a Shia only moments before the attack on her son. They said: "The Saudi Shia community came together today in mourning and to show solidarity with the parents. The community also reported this incident is a result of ongoing violations and lack of protection by the Saudi authority toward its Shia population."
The group, which has its headquarters in Washington D.C., also said that the beheading should be addressed immediately. The added: "Shia Rights Watch, other human rights NGOs and activists have long advocated for the rights of this minority through campaigns, UN and other entities. However the population still suffers because of the lack of international commitment to end such violations. Beheading of a young child in such a manner must be addressed ASAP."
A video of the funeral held for the child was uploaded on Facebook and has been viewed more than 4,000 times. The user who uploaded the footage wrote: "The video shows Sheikh Amiri (of Medina) giving a short museeba before reciting Salat Al-Mayit on the body of the innocent boy."