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Police caught out by fake bus hijack

Published lördag 5 mars 2011 kl 12.25
Up to 16 cars were involved in the chase. Archive picture. Photo: Linda Zinderland

16 police cars were involved in a dramatic bus hijack in central Sweden Friday night, when two masked men with weapons took over a bus full of businessmen.

But, unfortunately for the police, the whole thing was a prank set up as part of a team-building exercise for a company from the Ljusdal area, close to Gävle, reports local Swedish Radio News.

A resident saw the two men "attack" the bus and called the police straight away, who then took up the chase after the bus, with some policemen armed, ready for what some feared may develop into a fire-fight.

The two stunt hijackers may now be charged for illegally carrying firearms, and may also face charges of causing a false alarm.

The head of the company that hired the "kidnappers" says his workers enjoyed the prank, and said it was obvious the whole thing was just a stunt.

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