– TERROR PLOT FOILED IN MOROCCO
On Monday 05/19/2008 the Moroccan state news agency reported that the local security service arrested 11 people in the cities of Nador and Fez, accused of plotting attacks in Morocco and Belgium and having links to Iraq’s insurgency.
The network included Moroccan and Belgian citizens from Moroccan descent. They are suspected of having links to cells sending fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and to camps of an Algeria-based militant group that calls itself MAGHREB al-Qaeda . Investigators in Morocco believe that network planned also attacks in Morocco and Belgium as well.
The arrest came after a Moroccan court broadened 0n 05/15/2008, its investigation into a cell, headed by a Moroccan with Swedish citizenship Ahmed Safri , to include the relatives of some of the 27 people accused of “recruiting Moroccans for Iraq” and “forming a criminal gang with the goal of preparing and committing terrorist acts. Most of the suspects are from the town of Tetouane a town that supplied two suicide bombers who struck in Baqouba, Iraq, in 10/2006. According to the authorities in Morocco the group already sent several fighters to Iraq.
Three months ago, Moroccan security services broke up a 35-member terrorist network allegedly led by Abdelkader Belliraj, a Moroccan who also lived in Belgium. (See – Badil Al-Hadari )
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