A controversial Quran distribution campaign which intelligence services have warned is used as a recruitment tool for radical Islamists has been banned.

The ban was initiated by the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) in the Doebling neighbourhood of the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Neighbourhood chief Adi Tiller of the conservative (ÖVP) confirmed the agreement between the two parties and the socialist SPÖ to ban the campaign in Doebling.

Austrian authorities had been trying to stop the campaign for months, but they had been unable to put an end to it as the radical Islamists moved from neighbourhood to neighbourhood or simply ignored the bans. It has to be seen if the latest bipartisan initiative therefore will have any effect.

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