From the Document: "The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought the world to a standstill from the time it was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. There is no cure or vaccine yet that has been discovered by the world epidemiologists. Violent extremists, however, have not only downplayed the COVID-19 and disregarded the WHO [World Health Organization] guidelines for prevention from the virus but they have taken advantage of it to mount terrorist attacks on their targets. 'Harakat al Shabab al Mujahidin' (HSM) or al Shabab, the Somalia-based terror group and al Qaida affiliate in East Africa, has bolstered attacks as global attention focuses on fighting the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic has been an unlikely source of renewed inspiration for terrorist groups who see it as Allah's wrath descending on disbelievers. Al Shabab's message, delivered through friendly radio stations, presents the pandemic as a divine punishment from Allah, meted out against nonbelievers across the world for their 'evil deeds against Muslims and 'jihadists''. The terror group's rhetoric frames the virus primarily as a European, American, as well as a Chinese problem."
Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism and Polarisation
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