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Anti-radicalisation policy 'needs to be more focussed'


The identification of a man who lived in Luton as the suspected Stockholm suicide bomber has raised questions about the effectiveness of the government's anti-terror strategy and its bid to counter islamic extremism.

Zubeida Malik reported from Bradford that many in the Muslim community have concerns over the Prevent anti-radicalism project - suggesting that it failed to engage and led to jealousy from other social groups.

The point was accepted by Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, the minister responsible for security and counter-terrorism.

"Prevent doesn't do what we would like it to do," she told Today presenter Justin Webb.

She said Prevent needed to be more "focussed" on identifying people like the Stockholm bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly after they became radicalised but before they commit a crime.

Money "shouldn't go on cohesion projects that make other communities jealous," she said.

"We need to fund things that actually bring people together".

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