The Helsinki Police Department will today host a seminar for representatives of local Muslim communities in an attempt determine whether concerns over the relations between Shia and Sunni communities are warranted and to identify means to prevent Muslims from leaving Helsinki to fight for militant groups in the Middle East.

Altogether, 50–70 representatives of Muslim communities are expected to participate in the event, says inspector Jari Taponen, the head of the crime prevention unit of the Helsinki Police Department.

In addition, representatives of the City of Helsinki will take part in what Taponen says is the first seminar of such scope organised for local Muslim communities by the Helsinki Police Department.

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