An Islamic religious figure who volunteers in Austria's penal system told Anadolu Agency on Friday the government in Vienna should work together with the country's Muslim community to prevent radicalism in its jails.

Turkish-born Ramazan Demir told Anadolu Agency: "I, as a prison religious official, see the increase of radicalization in prisons.

"We tell the government: 'Help us; let's fight together this radicalization'. But still no support is given," Demir added.

Austria's Islamic Religious Community (IGGO) has offered religious services to Muslim prisoners in the country's 27 jails since 1996.

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