Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has urged Muslim scholars to help tackle extremist views
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner said ISIS is still targeting young recruits by using Islam to justify its actions and urged Muslim scholars to step in to challenge this “false narrative”.
He said: “The hardest part for the Western world is to interrupt this philosophy that ISIS is perpetuating, which is that Islam in any way supports this horrific use of violence.
“There is no interpretation I would argue that could say that, but some people are getting away with that.
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There is no interpretation that can ever conclude it’s okay to kill people
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
“Muslim scholars have got to come up and be really challenging of that and be very clear that this can never be acceptable.
“There is no interpretation that can ever conclude it’s okay to kill people.
“We can’t be at all sensitive to religious beliefs. We have got to say that is wrong.”
Sir Bernard warned of the looming risk posed by “brutalised and militarised” fighters returning from Syria, stressing that they are “political criminals” carrying out “horrific violence” that finds no justification in the Muslim religion.
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He said half of the estimated 850 Britons that traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS were thought to have returned to the UK.
He told the Evening Standard: “We are now seeing ISIS’s sphere of influence being reduced in Syria and Iraq, and it looks as though it’s clear that they will lose and the other side will win.
“Some of those people are going to come home, and that’s the threat that’s hanging there.
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“The ones who return in reasonable numbers will put more pressure on us and will go to the top of the priority list in terms of looking at, because they will be brutalized, militarized, have friends and a level of organization that we don’t experience today.
After a spate of terror attacks across Europe last year, the Met chief warned it was a matter of “when, not if” an attack ISIS-inspired atrocity was carried out in Britain with the terror threat in the UK still severe.
Sir Bernard, who has spent five years as Met police chief, retired on February 28.