HSBC has sacked employees who made a mock video in which they pretended to be Islamic State militants carrying out a beheading.
The video was posted online and shows a man dressed in an orange jumpsuit, while five other men in black stand around him – one holding a fake knife.
The Sun said the employees were members of the bank’s legal division in Birmingham on a team building exercise.
HSBC which is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world has said that it did not tolerate “inappropriate behaviour”.
“As soon as the Sun brought this video to our attention we took the decision to sack the individuals. This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence caused”, the bank said.
The bank did not specify how many people had been sacked.
The newspaper has posted an eight-second clip of the video on its website in which one man shouts “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “god is great” – while others laugh.