British Army Sorry for Firing Range Models Resembling Mosques
British army chiefs apologized Thursday after Muslims voiced anger at the use of model buildings they claimed resembled mosques on a military firing range.
The Bradford Council for Mosques called for the domed model structures to be taken down immediately at the Bellerby firing range at Catterick Garrison, in northern England.
"It is so obvious. Even a non-Muslim recognized the significance. The first person who raised the issue with us was a non-Muslim," said the Muslim group's head Mohammed Saleem Khan.
"It is clearly very offensive. We feel there should be an apology and they should be removed straight away. If it was a mistake, it should be removed straight away."
The U.K.'s Ministry of Defence said the model structures -- square yellow blocks with green domes -- were "generic Eastern buildings" and were not used as target practice.
"We apologize for any offense that we may have caused," a spokesman said.
"It was never our intention for these generic structures to look like or replicate mosques, only to provide a setting similar to operational environments in which our personnel could train.
"We are seeking a meeting with representatives from the Muslim community to hear their concerns in order to discuss the way forward."