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'Spoof' human sacrifice video filmed at Cern campus

Published 18/08/2016

The Large Hadron Collider is at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland
The Large Hadron Collider is at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland

Officials at Cern, home to the world's largest particle accelerator, have launched an internal investigation over a "spoof" video filmed on its Swiss campus appearing to mimic a human sacrifice.

The video, shot from a building at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as Cern, shows hooded people in a courtyard before the cape of one woman is lifted off her shoulders.

After she lies down, a hooded person approaches and appears to stab her with a knife. An off-camera voice reacts with an expletive.

On its website, Cern called the video "a work of fiction showing a contrived scene".

Scientists come from around the world for round-the-clock work at Cern's accelerators around Geneva.

Cern said that sometimes accredited personnel "let their sense of humour go too far".

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