Schoolgirl’s ‘Syria death’ prompts call for Prevent review

The BBC is reporting that a Labour MP has expressed “huge concerns” about the counter-terrorism strategy in UK schools, after reports one of three east London teenagers who fled to Syria has been killed.

Kadiza Sultana, who joined so-called Islamic State (IS) last year aged 16, is feared dead after an air strike in Raqqa, her family solicitor has said.

Labour’s Rushanara Ali said the Prevent strategy needed a “proper assessment”.

Security minister Ben Wallace said it had been reviewed “to ensure it works”.

Ms Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme the government needed to establish “what’s working and what’s not”.

“Many have concerns about how Prevent is being implemented, concerns about young Muslims being stigmatised,” she said.

“There needs to be a balance struck to protect young people, to prevent them from being radicalised, but also making sure teachers and other agencies have the proper advice training and support.”

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