UK sets up task force to target Muslim preachers

Britain's government is setting up a new task force to tackle Muslim preachers.

UK sets up task force to target Muslim preachers

World Bulletin / News Desk

The British government, facing criticism over the killing of a soldier by suspected Islamists in a London street, is to set up a new group to combat Muslim preachers and others whose words could encourage violence.

Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday the group aimed to fight "radicalism" in schools and mosques, tighten checks on inflammatory internet material, and disrupt the "poisonous narrative" of hardline clerics.

"It will assess the range of strategies to disrupt individuals who may be influential in fostering extremism. It needs to confront those religious leaders who promote violence head on," it said in a statement.

The killing of soldier Lee Rigby, hacked to death near his London barracks on Wednesday, fuelled public anger about Islam. It has also raised questions over whether more could have done more to prevent the attack and put pressure on Cameron to tackle suspected Islamists more forcefully.

Religious campaign group Faith Matters said Rigby's death had led to a big rise in reports of attacks on Muslims.

Up to 2,000 people attended a demonstration in Newcastle, northern England, organised by the far-right English Defence League on Saturday. Demonstrators shouted "RIP Lee Rigby" and "Whose streets? Our streets?"

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