Morocco smashes terror network

2012-05-05 22:37

Rabat - Morocco said on Saturday it had broken up a "terrorist network" active in several cities in the country and that had links to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim).

The network is "led by a leading figure of Mujahideen of Morocco", a little known group with ties to international terror groups, the ministry said.

The group's head was the subject of several national and international arrest warrants for his involvement in affairs linked to terrorism and serious threats to the kingdom, it added.

The movement is "well organised, very dangerous and linked to contacts in other countries in the region", a security source told AFP referring to the countries in northern Africa's Sahel, Aqim's desert stomping ground.

"The head of the network holds close ties with international terrorist groups and succeeded in smuggling weapons into Morocco... with the aim of carrying out attacks," the source said.

The interior ministry did not say how many members of the network were being held or their nationality.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-06 05:09

    Good one. Al-Quaida's "Islamic Maghreb" is essentially Islamic imperialism. It seeks to annex North Africa into a fundamentalist Islamic region steeped in chauvinism and xenophobia. It has no place in the world, let alone Africa.

  • Jerzy - 2012-05-06 10:38

    After numerous idiotic posts on the middle east and and Afghanistan, your'e still in the dark about the spelling of al-Qaeda. How can anyone take you seriously when you are unable to spell the word of the organization that you claim to know so much about.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-06 10:54

      Jerzy, When it comes to being plain childish, it will be difficult to top your comment........................!!!!!!!!

      ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-06 11:15

      who cares, main thing is morocco has helped with another blow to those callous murderers

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-06 12:31

      The original Arabic spelling is Al-Quaida.

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