Ukrainian police take down Pablo Escobar

A mysterious billboard depicting the deceased infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar giving season's greetings has been taken down by police in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.

­The advertisement, for which no individual or group has claimed responsibility, showed a smiling Escobar wishing locals a "Happy New Year". The image aroused the public’s curiosity and a photograph of the billboard appeared on the internet.

Shortly thereafter, officials ordered that the ad – which reportedly could have cost up to $25,000 – be removed. They did not, however, offer any theories as to its origin and appeared perplexed as to its purpose.