Three in four British jihadists have had links to “non-violent” Islamist groups before committing terror attacks

Three in four jihadists in Britain have links to non-violent Islamist groups before they go on to join terror groups, a new report has revealed.

Researchers looked at the lives of 113 men and women who had joined jihadist groups from the 1980s onwards.

…In contrast, only four per cent of men in our sample had an online element noted in their radicalisation.’

Of the sample studied, 58 per cent of men spent time in prison and most had been jailed for jihadist crimes.

Seven served time in young offender institutions while at least four were radicalised while in prison.

‘Many are well-educated,’ the report said. ‘Thirty-one per cent started a degree, and over half of these studied Stemm [Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine] subjects.’

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