Global bank HSBC has fired six of its British staff after they filmed themselves staging a mock Islamic State beheading during a team building day at a go kart centre.
Footage obtained by The Sun shows five men dressed in black with balaclavas laughing as they stand over an Asian colleague, named as Saf Ahmed, wearing an orange jump suit. One of them can be heard shouting “Allahu Akhbar!” (God is great) – the cry of IS jihadists as they execute hostages.
The workers shot the video while on an away day at Teamworks Karting track in Birmingham, UK, organised by their employer.
Mr Ahmed denied any knowledge of the video, which was uploaded to Instagram before being deleted soon after.
The video is a mock-up of several IS execution videos where a man in black known as Jihadi John – later revealed as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – beheading hostages wearing orange jumpsuits. Victims killed in this way include Brits David Haines and Alan Henning and Americans Steven Sotloff and James Foley.
HSBC said in statement: “We do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour. As soon as The Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals involved.
“This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence.”