The government has hampered the fight against extremism by shunning key Muslim groups, one of Britain's largest Islamic organisations said today.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said his group could have helped combat the appeal of Islamic State to young Britons, if the government had ever talked to them.

His comments came after concerns mounted over Islamic State's continued ability to lure Britons, amid fears a family of 12 from Bradford may be on their way to join the extremist group.

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