Edinburgh costume makers’ Taleban fancy dress a ‘sick joke’

Taleban fancy dress costume has caused outrage. Picture: Morph Costumes

Taleban fancy dress costume has caused outrage. Picture: Morph Costumes

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A terrorist fancy dress costume has been slammed by UK military veterans, who said it is a “vile insult” to the lives of fallen soldiers.

Edinburgh-based Morph Costumes have advised customers to wear the £28.49 suicide bomber get-up “at their peril”. Morph describe the look – complete with a beard, bomb, gun and ammunition – as ideal for brave people who like to take a risk.

The website advertising the Taleban fancy dress costume. Picture: Morph Costumes

The website advertising the Taleban fancy dress costume. Picture: Morph Costumes

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Now veterans’ support group the UK National Defence Association has called for a boycott.

UKNDA chief executive officer Andy Smith said: “If it’s a joke, it’s a sick joke and one which all decent people will rightly condemn. We call on fancy-dress shops to refuse to sell or hire out these Taleban costumes, and we call on the public to boycott any retailers who continue selling them.”

Retired Captain Doug Beattie, who won the Military Cross, said: “It’s in bad taste for the families of loved ones lost in Afghanistan and in acts of terrorism like the recent events in France.

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“It’s also in bad taste by portraying a Muslim in that way.”