Police Chief Urges Independent Inquiry into Radicalization of Muslim Youth

August 7, 2006

Source: BBC News


On August 7, 2006 BBC News reported, "The UK's highest-ranking Asian police officer has called for an independent judicial inquiry into radicalisation of young Muslims after the 7 July bombs. Met Police Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur said Islamophobia made some Muslims vulnerable to extremism.

Tighter anti-terror laws had indirectly discriminated against Muslims, he told the National Black Police Association.

The Home Office said the legislation was not discriminatory and partnership with the Muslim community was vital.

Mr Ghaffur told the association's conference in Manchester a 'critical crossroad' had been reached in relations with the Islamic community, adding that the aim had to be to prevent another terrorist attack.

'Linked intrinsically to all of this is the growing challenge of anger amongst young Muslims,' he said.

'Young people have developed a strong sense of connection with Islam. The cumulative effect of Islamophobia, both internationally and nationally, linked to social exclusion, has created a generation of angry young people who are vulnerable to exploitation.'"