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Bomber comedy angers Muslim group

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Living with Infidels is broadcast as online "webisodes"

An online sitcom about a group of suicide bombers living in Bradford could be damaging, a Muslim group says.

Dr Abdul Bary Malik, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Bradford, said the series Living With the Infidels would upset some young Muslims.

Producers of the series, which is made in London, say they have the backing of the Muslim Council of Britain.

Director Aasaf Ainapore said comedy was the best way of dealing with the "huge elephant in the room" of terrorism.

During the five-part series the five main characters set out to become suicide bombers but find that they like some western ways of life.

They are seen making a suicide video and visiting an internet dating site.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association is a religious community with more than 80 local branches and thousands of members.

Dr Malik said: "My concern is that there will be some young Muslims who will definitely get very angry and upset about this.

"It may damage relations once again."

He also said that "the level of indecency and filthy language" was not representative of young Muslims.

Mr Ainapore, who created Living with Infidels with production company The System Predicts, said: "Comedy shines a light on quite difficult issues and it really gets to the heart of some prejudices if done well."

He said Living With the Infidels added to "a long tradition in the UK of being able to mock" through comedy.

The series begins on 20 August.



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