Greater Manchester Police sorry for 'Allahu Akbar' shout during terrorism exercise

The assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police has apologised for any offence caused during a counter-terrorist training exercise at the city's Trafford Centre.

The exercise took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning
The exercise took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning

Codenamed Exercise Winchester Accord, the training incident began at midnight on Monday 9 May 2016 and was completed on Tuesday morning.

An official video of the exercise sparked controversy after it showed a terrorist entering the building and shouting the Arabic words 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is great') before detonating a suicide vest.

Garry Shewan, assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, released a statement apologising for this aspect of the exercise.

Reaction on social media to the apology was mixed, with many claiming that it was unnecessary, especially as reports emerged of a German man using the phrase before stabbing multiple people at a railway station near Munich.

Others suggested using the language during the training exercise would only succeeded in fuelling racial tensions. 

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