Wikipedia removes hoax article

A red-faced Wikipedia has removed an article from its site detailing the 17th century 'Bicholim Conflict' a clash between Portugal and India's Maratha Empire - after it emerged that such a war never occurred, and the piece and references included were entirely fictional.

After five years of featuring the piece, which tells the story of how colonial Portugal clashed with India's massive Maratha Empire in Goa, Wikipedia has admitted that the entire conflict and books cited as sources for the piece are fictional, the Daily Mail reported.

The article was labelled a 'good article' by Wikipedia editors just two months after its creation in July 2007. It was also nominated for a featured article Wikipedia's gold star for research.

The 4,500 word article was written by an unidentified Wikipedia user.

The hoax was only uncovered when another user from Missouri, known as ShelfSkewed, realised the deception and nominated the article for removal.

Wikipedia acted on his warning and promptly removed the piece.

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