"It is becoming increasingly clear that the radicalisation of Muslims takes place very quickly. For example, people often travel to the ISIS area shortly after they radicalised. People with a criminal past, alcohol and drug users, young Muslims who religiously led the life of a loser, can suddenly see the light. For them, terrorism is a form of penance, so their sins are forgiven", says Van den Bos.
"We found out relatively late that radicalisation can happen so quickly", states Van den Bos. "We have to find an answer, because it is much more difficult to achieve something with someone who is already radicalised than with people who are still in the phase before that. We have to invest even more in preventive awareness."