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Guinea Bissau concerned over recruitment of youths by terrorist groups

BISSAU, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Guinea Bissau Prosecutor Antonio Sedja Man said Monday there is a possibility that the country's youths are being recruited to join terrorist groups.

"There are strong signs of youths being recruited to join terror groups operating in West Africa," Man said when he addressed a seminar on terrorism in the capital Bissau.

He revealed that terrorist activities began in Guinea Bissau in 2002, but security agencies managed to contain them.

"The four Guinea Bissau youths currently in detention in Bissau and Conakry, and suspected of involvement in terrorism, were recruited here in Bissau and received jihadist training in Mali," Man said.

"We are in the process of carrying out a sociological study on these youths to know who they are and why they wanted to engage in terrorism," the prosecutor said.

Man reiterated that "acts of terrorism were incompatible with Islam, because Islam is synonymous with tolerance."

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