Police have apologized for making a fake Islamist suicide bomber use a “religious phrase” during a counter-terror exercise in Manchester.

The simulated attack started on Monday night, when a man dressed in black walked into the Trafford Centre and shouted at the crowd.

Moments later an explosion rocked the food hall and hundreds of volunteers, wearing ear defenders and safety glasses, dropped to the floor and ran into shops and cafes screaming.

Many wore make-up to simulate serious injuries and others shouted for help in The Orient food court as the sound of gunfire rang out and armed officers moved in.

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