Magharebia (Washington DC)

Morocco Dismantles Aqim Cell

Moroccan judicial police broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Fez, Moroccan judicial police broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Fez, MAP reported on Tuesday (December 25th).

The aim of the six-member cell was to "enrol and recruit young Moroccans who have embraced jihadist ideas, in order to send them to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) camps", AFP quoted the interior ministry as saying in a statement.

The suspects include a "former prisoner detained under the anti-terrorism law" after his extradition from Algeria in 2005, the ministry said.

Late last month, members of another Morocco AQIM cell were arrested in Casablanca, Laayoune, Nador, Guercif and Kelaat Sraghna. The suspects are accused of sending more than 20 young Moroccans to join al-Qaeda and the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad (MUJAO) in northern Mali.

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