Controversial Muslim campaigner vows to fight hidden extremism in UK

By Paul Peachey, The National

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A prominent Muslim campaigner has vowed to investigate the hidden threats from extremism in modern Britain following her controversial appointment to a key government post established after a series of deadly terrorist attacks during 2017.

Sara Khan was named by the UK government to lead a new Commission for Countering Extremism, first proposed after a British-born and raised suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester in May last year. An inquiry has revealed missed opportunities to identify and potentially nullify the threat posed by the bomber, Salman Abedi, 22.

Ms Khan was also likely to investigate concerns about home-schooling, a lightly regulated system outside of mainstream education that has been open to abuse, said Nikita Malik who heads the counter-radicalisation unit at the Henry Jackson Society thinktank.

But her outspoken criticism of the “gate keepers” who have spoken on behalf of British Muslims for years has made her a target, according to Ms Malik.

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