Blears ‘to give Muslims a voice’

Hazel Blears

Ms Blears says the government will be doing “far more work on the ground”

Hazel Blears has said there will be “far more” work with Muslim communities to tackle radicalism, but ruled out talking to the most extreme groups.

Ten years after US embassy bombings in Africa, the communities secretary said she wanted to help angry young people channel anger through democratic means.

But it was not right for ministers to engage with those who justified suicide bombing or the destruction of Israel.

A leading de-radicaliser says ministers should listen more to their grievances.

As ceremonies mark the 10th anniversary of attacks on embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said al-Qaeda’s violent tactics had come under mounting criticism from Islamist scholars who had previously supported it.

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