The Mayor of Venice has said anyone caught shouting Allahu Akbar in his city will be gunned down by snipers.
The shock order was announced by Mayor Luigi Bragnaro at a summer think tank, which directly addressed the threat of terrorism.
He reportedly told officers to open fire on anyone who is caught shouting the Islamic phrase, which translates to “Allah is the greatest”, with the proposal met by immediate applause.
He said: ‘Anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar in St Mark’s Square can expect to be gunned down by snipers within four paces.
‘We need to increase our security when it comes to terrorism. We had four would-be terrorists arrested in Venice a few months ago who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge.
‘They said they wanted to go and meet Allah so we will send them straight to Allah without having to throw them off the bridge, we will just shoot them.’
But the remarks were met with immediate laughter from the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, who proceeded to shout the phrase after Mr Bragnaro’s initial claims.
He later apologised for his actions on Facebook, saying: ‘I apologize for some remarks in an online video.