20 January 2013

Morocco Dismantles Terror Recruitment Cell

Moroccan authorities said Saturday (January 19th) that they dismantled another al-Qaeda recruitment cell in the kingdom, MAP reported.

The judicial police (BNPJ) and the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance broke up a network that allegedly trained and recruited young Moroccans, with the goal of sending them to wage jihad with terrorist organisations linked to al-Qaeda, according to the interior ministry.

The ministry added that Morocco was now concerned about a "proliferation of terrorist networks". The jihadist group was the fifth to be broken up in the country since last fall and had members in Fnideq, Tangier, Al Hoceima and Meknes.

The investigation revealed that the terror cell recruited more than 40 Moroccans since April 2012. They allegedly underwent military and suicide bomber training before joining terrorist groups.

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