UK police face backlash for 'Allahu akbar' chant

Police said the mock operation was designed to test the response of emergency teams [Sean Hansford/Reuters] 
Video shows masked man shouting the Arabic phrase before setting off an explosion at an anti-terror training exercise.
Efforts to fight terrorism should not be hampered by perpetuating sterotypes against Muslims, said the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), after police in England used the phrase "Allahu Akbar" at an anti-terror training exercise.

Monday's exercise at a shopping mall in Manchester comprised over 800 volunteers, including a masked man dressed in black who, in a video footage, was seen running and shouting the words before setting off an explosion.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the MCB, told Al Jazeera that "by using this word (in the terror training), Muslims around the world are being associated with terrorist".

"Muslims use this term in prayers and is a perfectly noble term and we must not allow the terrorists to hijack it," said Versi.