| GEO World|
| UK govt to tackle violent extremism through extra funding|
| Updated at: 1533 PST, Thursday, December 11, 2008|
LONDON: British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced an extra 13.8 million pounds funding to counter violent extremism.
Speaking at Prevent 08 ‘a major cross government conference on working together to prevent violent extremism’ she said more hard work and vigilance was needed to prevent terrorist attacks around the world.
‘Prevent’ was established last year to encourage local and national bodies to work together to prevent violent extremism. The community projects it has helped fund promote inter-faith interaction and cohesion and have so far reached over 40,000 people across the UK.
The Home Secretary Thursday spoke on the successes of the past year but also the challenges that lie ahead.
Condemning the Mumbai attack she said, “There are extremists out there who suggest these attacks can somehow be justified by some twisted interpretation of Islam. They can’t. Indeed many of the victims were themselves Muslim. And that’s why so many groups around the world have condemned those terrorists’ attacks.
She urged local communities to address the ideology of extremists and called for extra vigilance at a national and international level.