‘UK teens see Isis as pop music idols’

A leading lawyer in Britain said hundreds of UK teenagers were in danger of being radicalised by Isis.

FILE: It comes on the back of news that a Cape Town teenager allegedly tried to leave South Africa to meet Isis recruiters. Picture: FBI.

LONDON - A leading Muslim lawyer in Britain on Tuesday said hundreds of UK teenagers were in danger of being radicalised by Islamic State (Isis) because they saw the terrorist group as 'pop music idols'.

The British-born Pakistani claimed the propaganda put out by the extremists was akin to a form of marketing aimed at youngsters.

It comes on the back of news that a Cape Town teenager allegedly tried to leave South Africa to meet Isis recruiters.

Nazir Afzal stepped down as a former Crown prosecutor saying he feared another London bombing atrocity unless a more community-led approach to counter-terrorism was adopted.

His warning about the attraction to youngsters of joining Isis, which he called Jihadi mania, is startling.

Afzal said youngsters were being groomed and manipulated to cut off friends and family in a similar way to sexual grooming.