Last August the government said it had broken up a cell that was planning to declare a holy war in the northeast of the North African country, attack tourist sites and kill people who symbolise the state.

   

Human rights

 

Rights groups say hundreds of the people arrested since 2003 have faced ill-treatment or unfair trials, something the government denies.

   

Its statement said those arrested in the latest round-up will be brought before judicial authorities, in line with Morocco's anti-terrorist laws.

   

The arrests were "transparent and in respect of the law", Nabil Benabdallah, a government spokesman, said.