Fears of UK campus radicalism rise after ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked


Originally published by Reuters

(Reuters) – The identification last week of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a graduate of the University of Westminster in London, has intensified concerns about whether young Muslims are being radicalised on British campuses.

The university said it was “shocked and sickened” by news that Emwazi had been named as the man in a black balaclava whose appearances in beheading videos have made him the defining image of Islamic State globally.

He is not the first Islamic extremist to have studied at a British university. According to the government, a third of those convicted of Islamist terrorism offences in Britain had attended universities.

“It would have been one of the universities at the top of my list if I’d been asked to pick one where he might have gone,” said Rupert Sutton, director of Student Rights, an organisation that monitors extremism on campuses and campaigns against it.

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