SYRIA: Family dispute leads to killing of father by 13-year-old son

LATAKIA, Syria – In an incident that has left many shocked, police in Latakia, Syria arrested a 13-year-old boy after he shot and killed his father.

According to the Syrian Interior Ministry, the Criminal Security department was notified of the suicide of a 45-year-old man who was reported to have shot himself in front of his house in the neighborhood. However, after investigating the incident, the police uncovered discrepancies between the statements of the victim’s son and those of his friends, who confirmed his presence at the crime scene.

The young man was brought to the local police station where, when questioned and confronted with evidence, he confessed to intentionally killing his father using a Kalashnikov rifle belonging to his father, shooting him in the chest and shoulder. The boy then escaped from the back porch of the house.

It is unclear what motivated the boy to shoot his father.