Mayor Luigi Brugnaro at Andrea Pattaro / Vision / IPA

Police in Venice have been told to ‘shoot anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar’.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro reportedly set the order at a summer think tank this week when addressing the fear of a terror attack.

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According to The Sun, he told officers to target anyone shouting the saying, which is Arabic for God is Greater.

The demand was allegedly met by a round of applause.

He said: ‘Anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar in St Mark’s Square can expect to be gunned down by snipers within four paces.

Anyone shouting Allahu Akbar in Venice ‘will be gunned down by snipers within four paces’

The demand was allegedly met by a round of applause. (Picture: Getty)

‘We need to increase our security when it comes to terrorism. We had four would be terrorists arrested in Venice a few months ago who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge.

‘They said they wanted to go and meet Allah so we will send them straight to Allah without having to throw them off the bridge, we will just shoot them.’

In March, three Kosovans and a minor were arrested in Italy after planning to bomb the iconic Rialto bridge.

The youngster is thought to be the most radicalised of the group, who all praised the London terror attacks.

They were all found to be getting into physical shape while watching videos of Islamic extremists showing how to carry out knife attacks.