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Viewers Blast Woman For What's Printed On Her Burka (Photos)

| by Sarah Zimmerman

A Muslim woman has received backlash for wearing a burka with pictures of weapons during a televised interview about the Manchester terror attack.

The woman, identified only as "Sid," was interviewed alongside a group of Muslims in a predominantly Libyan community within Manchester, according to the Daily Mail. The group told news journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy that they condemned the May 22 terror attack at a pop concert, which killed 22 and injured 116.

Sid told the reporter that she was "devastated" by the news and that the Manchester community needs to "stand together" in order to move past the horrific event.

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"I'm not here to prove anything, but I'm here to say that we need to stand together, stand united, and help fight this. As Manchester, we are standing together," she said.

"I was at the vigil yesterday, fantastic crowd. We were there together to support each other and that is what we are here for. We will tackle it together."

Viewers immediately criticized the woman not for her answer, but for what she was wearing. Printed on her burka was the word "love" with each letter looking like a weapon. The word is made up of four images: a pistol, a grenade, a knife and a machine gun.

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Twitter users were quick to condemn the woman, writing that her outfit was inappropriate given the nature of the interview.

"Channel 4 actually broadcast this," one person wrote. "Nothing says love like a hand grenade & flick-knife."

Others called the woman "disgusting." The station responded to backlash, saying that it removed online versions of the interview once the woman's attire was brought to its attention.

However, upon further investigation, the broadcast organization commented that Sid's burka was meant to be a type of protest.

"We are now satisfied that the intention of that image is to subvert weaponry and is an anti-violence protest t-shirt," the channel said. "The image was made famous in 2013 when the singer Jennifer Hudson was pictured wearing a very similar design, which spelled out the word 'love' in guns and other weapons. She told fans 'it’s time to turn all of that into this LOVE.'"

USA Today reports that eight men are in custody for the attack. The man suspected of detonating the device, Salman Abedi, 22, died at the scene and is thought to be a part of a larger terrorist network.

Britain's terror threat is currently set to "critical," which indicates that the country could be expecting an imminent attack. Authorities fear that Abedi built a second bomb and gave it to other militants before he died.  

Sources: Daily Mail, USA Today / Photo credit: Tinou Bao/Flickr, Channel 4 via Daily Mail

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