Bomb alert over Muslim jogging in weight vest

A shocked student was stopped and searched by armed cops after he was mistaken for a suicide bomber – while out jogging in a WEIGHT VEST.

Stunned Goudarz Karimi, 25, was simply on a mission to get fit when he was forced to remove the 30kg personal training vest so it could be checked for explosives. Officers were called by a concerned member of the public who reported seeing a man wearing what he thought was a bomb suit.

The shocked Iranian was then advised by police to wear his coat over the outfit when using it in the future. He said: “I’m 100 per cent sure that if I was blond with Caucasian skin type nobody would have noticed and said anything about it, but I am of dark skin complexion and from Iran and I’m sure that is related to it.”

Oxford University student Goudarz, who was training in the city at the time, added: “I felt a bit like my rights were violated. The police told me to take my vest off and to go home and I don’t see why I should.”

Sun, 5 October 2011