Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy has revealed that he faced armed intimidation and had his car vandalised while making a documentary in the Lebanon.
Lebanon: Neighbours at War, part of the channel's Unreported World strand, saw Guru-Murthy and his crew meet with both factions of the Sunni/Allewite Muslim conflict in the capital Tripoli. However, in what Guru-Murthy described as a “shocking experience,” the Sunni commander began to take exception to their presence.
“We ended up having quite a shocking experience, in that one of the groups of people that we’d been filming with ended up becoming quite hostile towards us,” Guru-Murthy told RadioTimes.com.
“There was quite a lot of intimidation in terms of weapons being out, and our car was mysteriously smashed up, in what seemed like quite suspicious circumstances,” he added. "We had to leave then quite abruptly and in a hurry when things turned difficult."
However, Guru-Murthy acknowledged that the volatile nature of the region meant that such hostility was to be expected.
“These are unpredictable people and I suppose it’s only a matter of time before things can turn,” he said.
Unreported World' Lebanon: Neighbours at War is on Channel 4 on 16 May.