Turkish boy dies 'copying Saddam's execution', says family

A 12-year-old boy has died by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Turkey, a hospital said today, as family members reportedly said the boy was copying the execution of Saddam Hussein.

A 12-year-old boy has died by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Turkey, a hospital said today, as family members reportedly said the boy was copying the execution of Saddam Hussein.

Alisen Akti was dead on arrival at a hospital in the south-eastern province of Mus, a hospital official said.

He died of asphyxiation after apparently hanging himself, the official said.

Radikal newspaper quoted the boy’s father as saying that the youngster had been affected by television images of Saddam’s execution.

“What kind of a problem could a 12-year-old have to want to kill himself?” Radikal quoted Esat Akti as saying.

“After watching Saddam’s execution he was constantly asking: ’How was Saddam killed?’ and: ’Did he suffer?”’ Akti said. “These television images are responsible for my son’s death.”

The family could not be reached at their home in the village of Sutluce.

No one was available at the paramilitary police headquarters which is responsible for the area.

Radikal said the boy had hanged himself with a rope he had attached to the ceiling of an empty room in their house.

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