Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Prime Minister fears that there is some support for jihad amongst Muslims in Australia


Singapore-based terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna believes some religious leaders in Sydney and Melbourne continue to spread a message of hate against the West and warns it is likely Australia will suffer a home-grown terrorist attack one day.

"It's to a very small group, and also what we have seen is that of the number of clerics that are preaching violence (they) are able to radicalise only a very small percentage of the Australian population," Dr Gunaratna told Macquarie radio.

"Less than one per cent of the Muslims in Australia support extremism and violence, so it's a really tiny minority that is involved in this."

Asked how real the threat is of a terrorist attack in Australia, Dr Gunaratna said: "It is a significant threat."

Mr Howard did not reject Dr Gunaratna's claims, but would not give details of any specific intelligence he had.

Australia: Mosques Still Teaching "Jihad"


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