Police in England have been forced to apologise after a ‘fake suicide bomber’ shouted a religious phrase at the beginning of an anti-terror drill.
The bomber was dressed in black as he walked into the Trafford Centre in Manchester and shouted “Allahu Akbar” before detonating the fake bomb.
Hundreds of volunteers then dropped to the ground or ran from the area as authorities carried out the training exercise.
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The local Police Commissioner has admitted the use of the Islamic phrase may undermine community relations.
“The scenario for this exercise is based on a suicide attack by an extremist Daesh-style organisation,” Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan from Greater Manchester Police explained.
“However, on reflection we acknowledge that it was unacceptable to use this religious phrase immediately before the mock suicide bombing, which so vocally linked this exercise with Islam.
“We recognise and apologise for the offence that this has caused.”
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