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Thursday, May 26, 2005
International News Article | Reuters.com: "BERLIN (Reuters) - Some European Muslims are being drawn towards militant Islamism while still in their teens, in a trend which is increasingly worrying security services.

Police and intelligence officials say they are concerned about evidence that disaffected young Muslims, born and bred in Europe as children of immigrant families, are easy targets for radicalisation.

Examples include the radical Dutch 'Hofstad Group' linked to the accused killer of film maker Theo van Gogh, and a group of young Muslims recruited in France to fight in Iraq.

'Radical Muslims are becoming younger,' said a Dutch security source who said some youths were being drawn into militant circles as early as the age of 14.

'We think these young people are not feeling at home here in this country. They are outsiders in our society, in our culture, and they also do not feel at home with their parents, who are guest workers from the 1960s and 1970s,' he told Reuters.

'Radical Islam gives them a perspective they can be important, they can have a role, and gives them a feeling they can have a stronger identity.'"
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