Morocco arrests six planning terror attacks

RABAT — Moroccan authorities said Monday they recently arrested six extremists suspected of using the Internet to plan acts of sabotage involving the use of car bombs both inside and outside the country. “Ring members developed considerable expertise in bomb-making” through the Internet and planned to “carry out acts of sabotage involving the use of car bombs,” according to a statement issued by the interior ministry.

It said the suspects were targetting “some foreign interests in the kingdom as well as several key national installations and security posts.” Authorities did not say exactly when the ring was dismantled, but an official speaking on condition of anonymity said the six were arrested around December 10 in the northeastern towns of Oujda and Nador as well as in Casablanca. He said this marked the first time a cell “specializing in terrorism via the Internet is hunted down and arrested” by Moroccan security.

AFP

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