Earlier this week a group of men stormed a shopping centre in Iran’s capital Tehran with fake guns, bullets and swords, with one even riding a horse.
Footage posted to social media showed the men wearing the clothes radical Islamists would normally wear, and shouting “Allahu Akbar!”
Isn't it the most stupid way of "advertisement" for a movie? disguising people like #ISIS marching with a horse in a mall to encourage people to watch "Damascus Time" by Ebrahim Hatamikia #Iran 😳🤨https://t.co/dE2vikhckz pic.twitter.com/N8kYksoMIJ
— ERSHAD ALIJANI (@ErshadAlijani) May 8, 2018
Screams could be heard in the background, and there are reports people were running out of the building.
But the men were actually actors, who appeared on behalf of Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Hatamikia, to promote his upcoming feature Damascus Time.
The footage showed some bystanders clearly knew it was a stitch-up, smiling at the actors while filming on their phones.
But the stunt has been slammed on social media, with many saying it was in poor taste considering the threat posed by Islamic State.