Morocco arrests 11 terror suspects

Moroccan security forces have dismantled a suspected terrorist cell that was said to be plotting attacks in the North African kingdom.

    Morocco has stepped up counter-terror measures

    Eleven Moroccans were detained in sweeps of the allegedly

    nascent terrorist group believed to have links to a radical

    Islamic movement, the official Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP) news agency reported on Tuesday, citing

    unidentified police officials.

    The report did not indicate the location or time of the

    arrests, but said the group was active along the border of

    neighbouring Algeria and Mali to the south.

    Its alleged leader, Mohamed Said Idghiri, was described as

    a militant in a radical Islamic group with international

    ties.

    He was detained on returning from secret paramilitary

    training in the border area, with plans to carry out

    attacks, MAP said but did not elaborate.

    The suspects are to appear in court.

    Last month, the authorities arrested 17 Moroccans accused of

    links to al-Qaida and of planning to carry out

    attacks on tourist sites and public buildings in the

    kingdom.

    Morocco has stepped up its counter-terrorism measures

    after five near-simultaneous

    attacks in Casablanca in May 2003 that killed 45 people,

    including 12 bombers.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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