Morocco arrests 26 'terrorists'

Government says police dismantled al-Qaeda-linked cell that sent fighters to Iraq.

    Defendants accused of involvement in Islamic group suspected of bomb attacks in Spain and Morocco [AP]

    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.


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    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.


    SOURCE: Agencies


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