[Ed. – This is a test. If this had been a real terrorist attack, you’d be dead now.]
Police have apologised for making a fake suicide bomber shout “Allahu Akbar” before simulating blowing himself up during a counterterrorism exercise in Manchester. The simulated Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) terror attack saw a man dressed in black walk into the Trafford shopping centre and detonate prop explosives.
Hundreds of volunteers taking part in the exercise on Monday (9 May) then dropped to the floor screaming as gunfire erupted around them. Some wore “blood” make-up to simulate injuries while armed police taking part stormed the centre to take out the “terrorists”.
But the decision to have the suicide bomber in the exercise repeatedly shout the phrase “Allahu Akbar” – translated from Arabic as “God is great” – before detonating his explosives, led to criticism that the use of this stereotype would fuel anti-Muslim sentiment.