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UK vows new measures on extremism
PM Cameron says he will change processes to deal with 'extremist Islamism'
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 15:05 GMT
Suspected suicide bomber Taimour al Abdaly had until recently been living in Luton, north of London [AFP]

David Cameron, the British prime minister, has said that Britain had not done enough to counter domestic Islamic extremism and vowed to do more.

Cameron made his comments on Wednesday after it emerged earlier this week that a Swedish suicide bomber studied in the UK.

"I think if we're frank on both sides of the House (of Commons), we have not done enough to deal with the promotion of extremist Islamism in our own country," he told lawmakers, referring to all political parties.

News that a suicide bomber who attacked a busy shopping street in Stockholm on Saturday had studied and lived in Britain has raised fresh soul-searching in the UK about how to combat radicalism, five years after four home-grown bombers attacked the London transport system in 2005, killing 52 people.

"Whether it's making sure that imams coming over to this country can speak English properly, whether it's making sure we de-radicalise our universities, I think we do have to take a range of further steps and I'm going to be working hard to make sure that we do this," Cameron said.

"Yes, we have got to have the policing in place, yes we've got to make sure we invest in our intelligence services, yes we've got to cooperate with other countries.

"But we've also got to ask why it is that so many young men in our own country get radicalised in this completely unacceptable way."

The man responsible for Sweden's first-ever suicide bombing is believed to have been Taimour Abdulwahab al Abdaly, who until recently had been living in Luton, north of London.

He was carrying a cocktail of explosives but succeeded in killing only himself.

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