MORE than a third of British Muslims blame the police and MI5 for the radicalisation of young people who support extremists, a new poll has found.
A survey of 1,000 British Muslims found that 39 per cent held the British authorities accountable for the brainwashing of younger generations, while only 29 per cent disagreed.
The research also found that one of four had sympathy for those who travel to war-torn Syrian to fight alongside terror groups such as Islamic State (IS).
But sympathy for those leaving the UK to join the terrorists was highest among female Muslims.
According to the survey 11 per cent of women agreed they had “a lot of sympathy” for the likes of IS militant Jihadi John, compared to 5 per cent of men.
Notably in a polling of 1,000 non-Muslims, one in seven also expressed sympathy for those who travelled to fight or become jihadi wives.
The result follows claims last month by campaign group Cage that MI5’s attempts to recruit Mohammed Emwazi – unmasked in reports as Jihadi John – as an informer that led to him becoming radicalised.