Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot

By REUTERS
December 3, 2016 18:47

RABAT - Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic State commanders and a cell dismantled by French authorities last month, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

France said late last month it had foiled a possible attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria.

"For his mission (the suspect) met Islamic State messengers on the Turkish-Syrian border and he received instructions ... to pass on to the group that has been arrested on French soil," the Moroccan ministry said in a statement.

The suspect was supposed to travel to France via Germany using a forged passport, the ministry added.

It gave no details about the suspect but a security source told Reuters he was a Moroccan national who lived in Spain.

"When he saw that the group was arrested in France he came to Morocco from Turkey and was arrested at the airport when his plane landed," said the security source, who declined to be named.





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