Mob cuts off hands of boy, 16, and gouges his eyes in Jordan

Outraged King of Jordan intervenes after mob film themselves hacking a 16-year-old boy’s hands off and gouging out his eyes ‘out of revenge for a murder carried out by his father’

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT  
  • The boy, named Saleh, was abducted while out buying bread in Zarqa, Jordan 
  • He was bundled into minibus by 10 men and taken to remote location in the city 
  •  Once there, the men chopped off his hands with an axe and gouged his eyes 

The King of Jordan has intervened after a mob filmed themselves hacking a 16-year-old boy’s hands off and gouging out his eyes in an act of revenge for a murder allegedly carried out by his father. 

A Jordanian special police taskforce has now arrested 11 people involved in the mutilation of the boy in Zarqa, a city 20 miles northeast of Amman. 

Ten men kidnapped the victim, a boy named Saleh, on Tuesday before driving him in a minibus to a remote location, where they chopped off his hands and gouged out his eyeballs with sharp objects. 

King Abdullah II of Jordan has instructed the boy be transferred to King Hussein Medical City in the capital city of Amman and ordered that all necessary medical care be provided for him.  

Ten men kidnapped the victim, a boy named Saleh, on Tuesday before driving him in a minibus to a remote location, where they chopped off his hands and gouged out his eyes with sharp objects

Saleh told local media that he was abducted on his way to buy bread. 

‘I recognised the criminals when I saw them and tried to escape but they managed to catch and take me to a house in an abandoned area where they chopped off my hands and gouged out my eyes.

‘Only God gave me the strength to bear what had happened to me,’ he said.  

Local media, citing the testimony of an eyewitness, reported that the mutilation was a revenge attack for the murder of one of the suspects’ uncle. The men believed the victim’s father was the perpetrator. 

The video went viral on social media in Jordan but due to its horrific nature, Jordanian authorities swiftly ordered that its circulation be banned.  

King Abdullah II (pictured in January) instructed the maimed boy be transferred to King Hussein Medical City in Amman for specialist care 

The boy was kidnapped and maimed in the city of Zarqa, which is around 20 miles northeast of Amman 

Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni told the state-run Petra news agency that ‘law will take its course and the most severe punishment will be applied to the perpetrators of crimes that disturb societal peace and security and horrify citizens’.

Mr Talhouni called the incident ‘alien to Jordanian society’ and said that it was ‘rejected’ by any of the country’s laws or religions. 

Among those arrested was the man who allegedly filmed the gruesome attack. He has been detained for a week pending further investigation. 

Saleh is listed as in critical condition at Zarqa Government Hospital, Gulf News reported. Despite the severity of his injuries, his vital signs remain stable. 

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