Religious officials at a local Muslim mosque have denied that any of their congregation was sick, poorly, ill, in pain, unwell, or being tortured, after an unnamed source reported that he heard a man wailing 'endlessly' during the early hours of this morning.
The mosque, nestling in a remote part of the countryside outside Battambang in Cambodia, broadcasts its 'Call to Prayer' from around 4am every Friday morning, and local people have taught themselves to curse in their sleep at this most unwelcome interruption to their rest.
This morning, however, the Adhan, which is called out by a Muezzin from the mosque five times a day, was notable for the way in which the Muezzin sounded as if he was suffering a painful experience.
Moys Kenwood, 55, an earwitness, said:
"He first sounded as if he were feeling a bit 'groggy', but this soon escalated, and you would have thought he was undergoing some kind of beating. This, in turn, became a noise I would have associated with a man being skewered in preparation for being put on a barbecue, and, finally, it was akin to someone suffering from acute constipation. I thought someone may have been undergoing torture, and that it needed investigating."
But mosque officials reacted angrily to the suggestion that anyone had been tortured. One said:
"It was just a regular Adhan. It always sounds like that."