London Attacker Lived in U.K. City Burdened by Past Links to Well-Known Extremists

CEP Analyzes Extremist Hubs in Europe, Australia, and North America 

(New York, NY) – Terrorist Khalid Masood—who killed four people and wounded dozens more in the London attacks on March 22—lived in Luton, a town known as a bastion of Islamic and far-right extremism. The banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun, created by convicted radical preachers Omar Bakri Mohammad and Anjem Choudary first met in Luton, as did the planners of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

Certain neighborhoods in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States have become synonymous with extremism, given the concentration of individuals from those places that have migrated to extremist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, embraced right-wing, neo-nazi or ultranationalistic causes, or have or carried out attacks in their home countries.

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP), in its newest report Extremist Hubs, profiles 10 areas in Europe, Australia, and North America unique for their concentration of extremist activity. Each profile includes a summary of recent extremist-related activity and the origins of the area’s designation. In some cases, national or local governments have taken action to curb extremism in these neighborhoods.

To explore the CEP, Extremist Hubs, please click here.

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