There was no evidence of radicalisation among Bulgaria’s Muslims, who overwhelmingly favoured a secular state, a survey by polling agency Alpha Research published on April 6 showed.
The risk of separate individuals falling under the influence of radical Islamism could not be discounted, but the majority of Bulgaria’s Muslims did not support radical strands of Islam, Alpha Research said in its report. As regards terrorism, 89 per cent of respondents said such acts should be condemned unconditionally, up from 79.4 per cent in a similar survey in 2011, and only 1.1 per cent said that terrorism could be justified under certain conditions, compared to 1.4 per cent in 2011.
Asked about their attitude towards the so-called Islamic State terrorist group, 2.8 per cent said that they viewed it positively and 64.3 per cent disapproved. Al Qaeda was seen positively by 0.5 per cent and negatively by 68.4 per cent./IBNA
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