4 January 2013

Morocco: AQIM Cell Suspects Appear in Rabat Court

A Rabat court on Thursday (January 3rd) arraigned 12 alleged members of a terror recruitment cell dismantled a week ago, MAP reported.

The cell's aim 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", the interior ministry said at the time of the arrests.

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

This was the second Morocco AQIM cell to be discovered within the past two months. Another group broken up in November allegedly sent more than 20 young Moroccans to join al-Qaeda and the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad (MUJAO) in northern Mali.

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