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Wednesday, August 26, 1998 Published at 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK


World: Europe

Security measure alarms British Muslims


Muslims living in Britain have expressed concern at the British government's plan to introduce a new criminal offence of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts abroad.

The measure was announced by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on Tuesday along with measures to improve security in Northern Ireland.

The BBC commentator on Islamic Affairs says many people were outraged when a handful of Muslims living in Britain voiced support for the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

He says Mr Blair clearly wants to cut off part of the international network of support and funding for such political violence.

But many British Muslims fear the new measure may contribute to a climate of hostility against them.

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