21 August 2017

News Story: Aussie intelligence agencies' rapport with Muslim community vital in stopping terrorism - attorney general

CANBERRA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Australian Attorney General George Brandis said on Sunday that maintaining a positive rapport with Muslim communities was one of the most "vital links" that counter-terror organizations have in stopping radical Islamist terrorism.

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday and in the wake of the Barcelona van attack which left at least 14 dead and dozens injured, Brandis declared that Australia's counter-terror organizations maintained strong relationships with Muslim communities around the nation, something he said was crucial in the fight against extremism.

"As I've said in the Senate and as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have said many times, the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim community is one of the vital links we have with gathering intelligence and anticipating unlawful acts by Islamist extremists who might move among those communities," Brandis told Sky News.

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