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I'm sorry for Arab article, says presenter.

Byline: Stephanie Busari

BBC presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk has apologised for his article printed in the Sunday Express in which he made controversial remarks about Arabs.

"I greatly regret the offence which has been caused by the article published in last weekend's Sunday Express. The article contains a couple of obvious factual errors which I also regret."

Kilroy-Silk, who has had his morning show Kilroy pulled off the air by the BBC while they investigate the comments, said the article was first written in April and was "republished last weekend in error".

The BBC had said it "strongly disassociates itself" from comments Kilroy- Silk made in his newspaper column.

Under the headline "We Owe Arabs Nothing", he branded Arabs as "suicide bombers, limb amputators, women repressors".

The Commission for Racial Equality has referred the matter to the police.

Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, welcomed the decision to suspend Kilroy

The daily show will be replaced by an extended half-hour of BBC Breakfast.

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