On 11th January 2017, The Sun published an article falsely claiming a terror attack by a gunman shouting Allahu Akbar in a Spanish Supermarket, with the headline, ‘SUPERMARKET TERROR Gunman ‘screaming Allahu Akbar’ opens fire in Spanish supermarket while ‘carrying bag filled with petrol and gunpowder’’. In actual fact, the robbery was by a man called Stefan, reported to be a 35-year-old man from Bilbao who started eating a banana and smoking a cigar before dropping to the ground. The Muslim Council of Britain had sent a complaint to the Sun which later edited their headline and article to reflect the facts. They also published a clarification and an apology which reads:
“An earlier version of this story reported claims that the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire, which turned out to be incorrectly reported by a Spanish newspaper. We have amended the story and apologise for the error.”
They also deleted a tweet with the same headline after the complaint.
The LadBible similarly published a piece with the headline, ‘Gunman Opens Fire in Spanish Supermarket Shouting “Allahu Akbar”‘. The article was full retracted later after complaint.
The Sun Correction
Deleted Tweet by The Sun
LadBible’s Retracted Article