Morocco arrests 27 al Qaeda suspects

Published January 5th, 2011 - 07:22 GMT
Morocco security forces
Morocco security forces

Morocco has announced the arrest of 27 people, including a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), for planning terror attacks in the kingdom. The cell was led by "a Moroccan national who is a member of AQIM and who wanted to create a rear base in the country for terror attacks," an interior ministry statement said on Tuesday. The statement, cited by the Moroccan news agency MAP, did not name those detained or specify when they were arrested, but said they "planned to commit terrorist acts with explosive-laden belts and car bombings." 

These latest arrests come within the recent crackdown launched by the Moroccan security forces against the al Qaeda cells operating in the country. Recently, Morocco announced the arrest of a six-member  cell that belonged to Jihadists operating in Morocco. 

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