Six HSBC employees from Birmingham have been sacked after filming themselves staging a mock Islamic State-style beheading during a “team building” exercise.
The video, which was posted online, showed five men in black overalls and balaclavas laughing and shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they stood over an Asian colleague dressed in an orange jumpsuit.
The eight-second video, obtained by The Sun, was shot as the workers were on a team-building exercise at a Teamworks Karting track in Birmingham organised by the bank.
In a chilling echo to Jihadi John’s execution videos, the men – thought to be legal staff – stand behind their colleague holding the scruff of his neck.
Islamic State have used similar clothing in their horrific executions, including those of British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines.
HSBC said those involved had been sacked for what it called an “abhorrent” video.
A spokesman said: “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 caused.”