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X Factor steps up security after attack by radical Islamic cleric

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X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is among those said to be given extra protection

Stars of the X Factor are being given extra security after a radical Islamic cleric hit out at the show, according to The Sun newspaper.

Omar Bakri, who left Britain for Lebanon after the July 2005 bombings, said watching the ITV show was a “form of hatred”.

Anti terror police were last night helping producers of the talent show to boost security at Fountain Studios in Wembley, North London, where the X Factor is filmed, The Sun reports.

Bakri is said to have told followers in a recording on a Muslim website that the show is releasing a record in support of British troops and their families and that: “Some Muslims in Birmingham are wearing the armbands in support of British troops in Afghanistan. This is a form of muadaat [hatred] of the kuffar [non-believers] against the Muslims . . . and it has dangerous implications.”




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