Middle East

Morocco busts Qaeda-linked 'terrorist' cell

People pray on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr in Sale, northwest Morocco August 9, 2013. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Stringer

RABAT: Morocco has dismantled a "terrorist" cell whose members had ties with leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and plotted attacks, the interior ministry said on Friday.

Four suspects were arrested when authorities "dismantled a terrorist cell," it said in a statement.

The suspects had forged "ties to coordinate with some leaders" of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and were active in the central cities of Fes, Meknes, Taounate and Tiznit.

Their alleged group leader "planned to carry out a targeted terrorist operation" and was accused of "incitement to sabotage state institutions".





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