A four-year old Saudi boy who accidentally shot dead his father last week to the shock of his mother and 14 other brothers and sisters says he believes his dad is not dead and will return to him soon.
According to his uncle, the boy Nawaf accidentally killed his 33-year-old father Mofreh Al Fifi when he tampered with his gun, denying reports that he murdered him on purpose after his father refused to buy him a play station.
His mother, still recovering from the loss of the family’s sole supporter, describes Nawaf as a “calm and non-aggressive” boy while his brothers say he is a big fan of cartoon films and could have been imitating one of favourite characters when he aimed the pistol at his father and shot him at home in the southern province of Jazan.
“My father is a hero like that one in my PlayStation….he is pretending to be absent but will return soon…I am waiting for him,” Nawaf told the Arabic language daily Alriyadh, whose reporter visited them at home.
The paper published several pictures showing Nawaf with his family, apparently unaware of what he has done.
The boy, who looked innocent by a bit confused, was described by a newspaper last week as the “youngest killer” in Saudi Arabia.
The paper quoted Nawaf’s uncle, Hadi Al Fifi, as saying his brother was playing with one of his little sons when Nawaf picked the pistol from the table.
“It was an accident….Nawaf was one of the closest sons to my brother because of his little age,” he said.
“This is destiny and God’s will and we have to accept it….the tragedy is that my brother was the sole supporter of 15 children….he was a kind man and has good relations with all his neighbours and other residents.”
Earlier story: 4-year-old shot dead dad for a Playstation
A Saudi man was killed after his four-year-old son shot him in the head at their house in the Gulf kingdom.
According to an AFP report, the boy shot and killed his father for refusing to buy him a PlayStation.
The Asharq daily, citing police in the southern Jizan area, said the child, aged four years and seven months, grabbed his father's pistol and shot him in the head.
According to the newspaper, the child had asked his father to buy him a PlayStation and the shooting took place after the man returned home without the desired object.
As he was undressing, the man put the weapon down, which the child then grabbed and fired at him from close range.
However, according to other Saudi papers, the father, in his 40s, had not noticed that his child had reached his gun and was playing with it before putting his little finger on the trigger.
“The boy pulled the trigger and a bullet hit his father in the head, killing him instantly,” Sabq Arabic language newspaper said in a report form the southern province of Jazan.
Sharq said the boy is considered as the “youngest killer” in Saudi Arabia.
Emirati blames road for death of son, daughter
An Emirati man who lost his young son and daughter in a traffic accident in Ras Al Khaimah last week has blamed the road for the fatal mishap, saying it is no longer usable for vehicles, according to a newspaper.
Suweidan Al Khatri, father of the deceased, said his 20-year-old son Matar just lost control of the car while driving his 21-year-old sister back home from the college on Umm Araj road, 'Emarat Al Youm' Arabic language daily reported.
“I had six sons and four daughters and Matar was one of the most intimate to my heart…my dead daughter was studying in the college of technology and she was one of the top students,” he told the paper.
“I believe the main reason for that accident is that the road is now shabby and is no longer usable for vehicles…that is why my son lost control of the car and it swerved off the road and overturned many times….this road has been scene to many car accidents…authorities need to act to prevent these disasters by constructing humps and barriers to separate lanes…fences are also needed to prevent camels from crossing the road.”
Matar’s son agreed that the road has become too old and needs maintenance and repairs. “This road has become like a trap for vehicles……it has witnessed many car accidents over the past few years and many of the victims are Emiratis,” Ali Al Khatri said.
Child accidentally kills one-year-old sister
A Saudi child killed his one-year-old sister while he was playing with his father’s hunting rifle, 'Sharq' newspaper reported on Saturday.
The child, 5, found his father’s gun and started fiddling with it, not knowing it was loaded, the Arabic language daily said in a report from the central town of Madinah.
“He pulled the trigger and the shot hit his sister who was very close to him….she died instantly,” it said.