It seems the so-called Islamic State's atrocities and its subsequent propaganda on social media has made some folks paranoid.
Earlier this week, police in Swedish city of Karlskrona knocked on the door of a certain Mr. Fabian Akesson with the hope of nabbing an ISIS terrorist or at least a sympathizer. Their hunch wasn't based on some terrorism plot, but on a pair of party balloons that looked like IS – the most dreaded two-letter combo in the world these days.
The whole thing started when Akesson brought home some balloons to celebrate his girlfriend's 21st birthday and placed them close to the window. Some nervous Nellie saw the party props from across the street and mistook it for the Middle East-based terrorist organization's initials.
The cops were alerted, who then carefully observed the balloons from a distance, snapped pictures and did their homework before paying Akesson a visit.
"I laughed about it and they showed me a photo that they had taken where from their perspective," Akesson told Kvällsposten. "It did almost look like the letters IS."
Upon realizing that the only explosion Akesson could cause can be nullified with a needle, the cops left, but only after telling him to take the balloons down so as to avoid any further confusion.
"We understand why someone would report it if they thought it looked like IS-propaganda," Akesson told The Local, "although everyone else just thought it looked like the number '12' from outside."
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