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Muslim Council criticises counter-terrorism strategy

26 August 2014 Last updated at 12:12 BST

A leading Muslim figure has criticised the government's counter-terrorism strategy, claiming it turns young people to extremism.

Harun Khan, Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said young people who were "looked at through the prism of terrorism" were becoming alienated.

Mr Khan told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "There's particular people out there lost and disenfranchised. They'll be picked up by those smaller fringe groups on the streets and targeted specifically."

In a response, James Brokenshire, Minister for Immigration and Security said the Prevent programme worked with a wide range of organisations to raise awareness of the dangers of travelling to areas of conflict and the "risk of exploitation by extremist groups."