British police apologize for shouting “Allahu Akbar” during drill
The British Police have apologized for using the phrase “Allahu Akbar (God is great) in a terror drill conducted in a main Manchester shopping mall. The act of British police to have a “suicide bomber’ shouting “Allahu Akbar” had drawn flak from many corners since it harmed the belief of many Muslims all over the globe.
Greater Manchester condemned the act terming the using of a religious phrase for mock drill as “unacceptable”. Police Chief Tony Lloyd said such moves will “undermine” the religious harmony in the city.
“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,” Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said.
He also said that the phrase found a place in the script of the grand terror drill, since the drill was meant to teach people and army personnel how to deal with attacks from terror outfits like ISIS.
“The scenario for this exercise is based on a suicide attack by an extremist Daesh-style organisation and the scenario writers have centered the circumstances around previous similar attacks of this nature,” Shewan said
“We recognize and apologize for the offence that this has caused,” he added.
The major counter-terror exercise including 800 volunteers begun in Trafford Centre mall, one of the biggest shopping mall in the city.