Saturday 22 October 2016

Hipsters beware! Swedish beard club mistaken for ISIS terrorists

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 13/10/2015 | 14:36

Who knew that having a beard could have such far-reaching consequences?

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A group of Swedish men sporting facial hair got the fright of their lives last Saturday while on 'staycation' in the Nordic country.

Police swooped on the 'Bearded Villains', who describe themselves as a 'brotherhood of elite bearded men from all over the world', mistaking them for ISIS terrorists. reports that the raid was prompted by a member of the public phoning police and reporting that they saw '30 terrorists waving a black ISIS flag'.

However the men in question were innocently conducting a photoshoot in the grounds of a medieval castle.

One of the group described the incident: "We had a good laugh with the cops, who had to respond to the call, but quickly saw that we weren't terrorists, out in the middle of nowhere, dressed in formal wear, hugging and laughing."

Interestingly this is not the first incident of mistaken terrorist activity in Sweden.

In February Swedish police stormed an apartment after someone mistook '21st Birthday' balloons for ISIS propaganda.

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