An Afghan mayor has blamed a Turkish soap opera for a local boy’s act of murder.

Zafar Sharif, the mayor of Jaghori, a district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni city, told members of the press on Thursday that a boy who strangled his friend to death had been influenced by the Turkish series “Kurtlar Vadisi” (Valley of the Wolves).

The popularity of Turkish TV series is rapidly increasing in Afghanistan, with posters of Turkish soap opera characters plastered all over the streets of some cities.

Also a Yemeni man was executed last year after murdering five people, in an effort to imitate controversial series Valley of the Wolves.

Mohamed al-Ali al-Azab, 31, admitted before a crowd of tribal chieftains, who gathered to witness his execution, that he had been inspired by Turkish TV series, Valley of Wolves.

The incident began with a dispute between Azab and another man in the Dawran district in the western governorate of Dhama and culminated with Azab killing five people, amongst them the other man’s mother, in a shootout. After some resistance, Azab ran out of ammunition and was forced to surrender.

He was sentenced to death by a tribal council. The sentence, said tribal chiefs, was aimed at preventing a blood feud which was expected to follow the murder and which would likely take many more lives.

Al Arabiya also stated that Turkish soap operas have caused a slew of social problems in Yemen, especially romantic TV series that feature scenes quite uncommon in conservative Yemeni society and that have allegedly led to an increase in divorces.

source: todayszaman