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UK sets up task force to target radical preachers

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LONDON (AP) - Britain's government is setting up a new terrorism task force to tackle radical preachers and extremism following the brutal killing of a British soldier.

The group will look at whether new powers and laws are needed to clamp down on religious leaders who promote extremist messages and who target potential recruits in jails, schools and mosques.

The force will include senior ministers, London's police chief and the head of the MI5 domestic security service.

Sunday's announcement came less than a week after 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby was run over and stabbed to death in a London street. Hard-line Muslim leaders have identified one of the two suspects as Michael Adebolajo, an Islam convert who allegedly used to take part in events organized by British radical group al-Muhajiroun.


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