If you want to eliminate terrorism, you must eradicate the terrorists, their safe havens and their ability to indoctrinate future generations. There will never be enough safeguards or security measures in place to stop terrorism. For every method or process we create to prevent their attacks, they will come up with another to surprise us. This is a prime example.
Police have identified children as young as seven being groomed for terrorism, with some expressing a wish to become suicide bombers.
Up to 10 primary school pupils, aged between seven and 10, have been placed on a government outreach program for individuals considered at risk of being radicalised and turning to violence.
Some have taken inspiration from jihadi websites or after viewing extremist material in Islamic bookshops.
One child was referred to the program by his teacher after writing on a school book: “I want to be a suicide bomber.”
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Other youngsters were identified by their parents after suddenly adopting traditional Muslim dress or espousing extremist views.
At least 228 people, mostly teenagers and young men aged 15-24, have been referred to the anti-terrorism Channel project after being singled out as “potentially vulnerable to violent extremism”.
“For people to be identified there have to be distinct changes in behaviour and warning signs,” said Craig Denholm, deputy chief constable of Surrey police who oversees the programme. “We assess each one on its own merits. There is a very small number of children aged seven, eight and nine.”