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Much greater emphasis must be placed on the dangers posed by recent converts to Islam as they have previously been behind major terrorist attacks, a report has warned.
Although the vast majority of converts to the religion are peaceful and law-abiding, they are “over-represented among foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq”, experts said.
More attention also needs to be paid to conversions to Islam which take place in prisons and probation services, particularly in juvenile offender establishments and high security prisons, according to the report by think tank The Henry Jackson Society.
It said that when taken together with other aggravating factors such as possession of a criminal record, paternal absence, and exposure to the messages of radical preachers, the process of conversion to Islam can indicate a vulnerability to extremism.
Read more on MailOnline (via Press Association)