Sweden's National Coordinator against Violent Extremism, Mona Sahlin, has announced a pilot programme to set up special centres in four cities in order to prevent the recruitment of people to extremist groups.

"We're starting with four pilot municipalities that have growing problems and have admitted deficiencies in their work against extremism," Sahlin told the Swedish TT news agency.

In January, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Örebro and Borlänge will each open what was referred to as a "knowledge centre" ("kunskapshus") in which local experts will be able to quickly respond when someone shows signs of radicalization.

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