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Top Gear hosts trigger burqa outrage
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The UK version of Top Gear has sparked outrage after hosts Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond dressed in burqas in an episode of the popular motoring show.

Clarkson and Hammond dressed in niqabs, a version of the burqa covering everything but the eyes, while filming a segment in the Middle Eastern country of Syria.

The episode, which aired on the BBC on Boxing Day, has caused uproar among some Muslims in the UK.

Controversial Islamic activist Anjem Choudary spoke out against the show, which featured the hosts driving from Iraq to Israel in sports cars.

"The burqa is a symbol of our religion and people should not make jokes about it in any way," he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

"It would have been equally bad even if they'd not been in a country mainly populated by Muslims."

Viewers took to Twitter to express their unhappiness with the stunt.

"Why is Jeremy Clarkson wearing a Burqa? The Top Gear gang deserve to get hit by an IED," one tweeter wrote.

"The (burqa) joke wasn't funny," wrote another.

The BBC has not yet revealed whether it received any complaints over the stunt.

Clarkson caused another religious storm in July this year by telling the Top Gear audience he had seen a Muslim woman wearing sexy lingerie under her burqa.

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