ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Turkish company apologized for using an al-Qaida leader's photo to sell hair removal products, saying officials did not recognize the terrorist.
"Waiting won't get rid of that hair!" the ad reads in Turkish.
"We didn't know that he was a terrorist," Epila spokesman Mehmet Can Yildiz told the Hurriyet Daily News.
"This image is in popular use in Turkish memes on the Internet," Yildiz said. "The guy is quite hairy, so we thought his body was a good fit for our ad. We didn't want to imply anything political. We didn't know that it could become an international story. I repeat: We featured him for his hair, not terrorism."