The city of Winterthur has launched a new service aimed at preventing radicalization.

Winterthur, in the canton of Zurich, has hit the headlines several times in recent years due to an increasing number of young people in the city turning to Islamic extremism.

The result of 18 months of planning, the new centre is one of a series of measures aimed at countering the "phenomenon of jihadism" in the town, the city council said in a statement.

The centre, modelled on a similar institution in Zurich and established for a limited period until 2018, will provide a contact point for the public to report and discuss cases of extremism and violence.

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