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Countdown's Rachel Riley issues apology for tweet row as Channel 4 faces calls to sack her

Countdown's Rachel Riley issues apology for tweet row as Channel 4 faces calls to sack her

Countdown's Rachel Riley issues apology for tweet row as Channel 4 faces calls to sack her
Apr 14, 2024 1 min, 6 secs

There were calls for Channel 4 to sack the 38-year-old mum of two after she was accused of perpetuating Islamophobia when she falsely claimed the horror attack was a Palestinian uprising.

The horrific murder rampage, which saw six people lose their lives on Saturday, was carried out by Joel Cauchi, 40, from Queensland, whom police said suffered from mental health problems.

Although Rachel linked to the orginal tweet - which said the shopping mall attack was the result of a "globalised Infitada" - in her apology, it shows the post as no longer being available.

Rachel Riley was made an MBE in the 2023 New Year Honours list (Image: Getty)"Sadly, the type of attack seen in Sydney yesterday is exactly the kind of violence the previous intifada involved and I hope to avoid in future, but in my opinion ignoring the problem won’t make it go away.

Speaking of the moment the culprit was shot dead by a female officer, police assistant commissioner Anthony Cooke said: “She confronted the offender who had moved by this stage to level five as she continued to walk quickly behind him to catch up with him.

Assistant commissioner Cooke added detectives were not "ruling out" terrorism, but that there was nothing at the scene currently to suggest a "motive or any ideology" behind the sickening killing spree.

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