Six HSBC employees, believed to be part of a legal unit in Birmingham, were engaging in some sort of team-building exercise when they filmed an ISIS-style video complete with an orange-clad hostage.
They shout “Allahu Akbar” while one man brandishes a coat hanger, then they bust up laughing.
The video was posted on Instagram, where The Sun tabloid spotted it.
“Once we saw this abhorrent video released by
@TheSun we took the decision to sack the individuals involved,” the UK bank’s press office tweeted. “We apologise for any offence.”
British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were beheaded in ISIS videos by Brit “Jihadi John” Mohammed Emwazi.
Today the UK is marking the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 tube and bus bombings that killed 52.
“Today the country comes together to remember the victims of one of the deadliest terrorist atrocities on mainland Britain,” Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement. “Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly – the murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact. But we will never be cowed by terrorism.”
“We will keep on doing all that we can to keep the British public safe, protecting vulnerable young minds from others’ extremist beliefs and promoting the shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great.”