Moroccan authorities bust al-Qaeda recruitment cell
Al-Qaeda in North Africa (picture courtesy of Africa Defense Journal).
A recruitment cell for al-Qaeda in North Africa, based in the Fez region of Morocco, was dismantled by local police, Moroccan authorities said on Tuesday.
The group contained one man who was previously arrested under local anti-terrorism laws, having been extradited from Algeria in 2005 for attempting to join a similar terrorist network.
Moroccan authorities said the terrorist cell was designed to “enroll and recruit young Moroccans who have embraced jihadist ideas, in order to send them to camps of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) in Algeria”.
Al-Qaeda in North Africa (AQNA), also known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, is primarily made up of militants left over from the Algerian civil war who refuse to set down their weapons. Tunisian authorities also succeeded in dismantling a branch of AQNA two weeks ago.