Muslim youths to advise ministers

A group of young British Muslims are being named as advisers to ministers as part of a drive against extremism. The move comes as part of fresh plans to prevent radicalisation and address community concerns. The 22 Muslims aged 16-25 will hold regular meetings with key ministers and civil servants. Muslims called for a voice for youngsters in an official plan after the 2005 London suicide bombings which killed 52 people. The advisory group comes as the government is rethinking how to prevent violent extremism, a key element of counter-terrorism strategy. Officials have acknowledged more work needs to be done to reach out into Muslim communities. The youth advisers are similar to another initiative which has seen Muslim women directly advise ministers. In contrast, the largest Muslim umbrella body in the UK remains on the sidelines amid continuing rows with government. Dominic Casciani reports.

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