Morocco says thwarts Qaida-affiliated 'assassination cell

By REUTERS
September 23, 2011 18:45

RABAT - Moroccan security has arrested three people, including an active blogger on jihadist websites, who had planned to receive training at an al-Qaida camp abroad in order to carry out attacks in Morocco, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The suspects, who were to be trained in camps of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), had "planned to assassinate members of the security services in order to seize their weapons and use them in planned sabotage acts", the state news agency MAP said, citing a statement from the Interior Ministry.

MAP said the cell was led by "one of the most active individuals on jihadist websites with links to al-Qaida and who managed to forge close relations with leaders of terrorist organizations in Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq and elsewhere".

The three were "in constant contact with AQIM leaders to supply them with weapons that will help them execute their criminal plan in the kingdom (Morocco) and also to align their operations with the objectives of this terrorist organization in Morocco," the ministry said.


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