The director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations, Abdelhak Khiame, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his headquarters in Sale near Rabat, Morocco, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
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A top Moroccan security official says his government is working on a new strategy to track Moroccans who become radicalized in Europe, part of beefed-up counterterrorism efforts by a country that is both a key player in the global anti-extremism struggle and a source of international militants.Preventing radicalization of Moroccans abroad is especially important after Spanish extremists with Moroccan origins carried out last month's deadly Barcelona attacks, Abdelhak Khiame, director of an agency known as Morocco's FBI, told the Associated Press.Khiame's agency, created two years ago to consolidate and strengthen anti-terrorism and anti-crime efforts, says it has dismantled 42 Daesh cells and five others.He warned of a risk of "reverse terrorism," or Moroccan emigrants who become radicalized in Europe and then return home to Morocco to stage attacks.He cited the example of a man who embraced extremism while living in Catalonia in Spain and who was interrogated by Moroccan authorities after the Barcelona attacks, and found to be plotting violence in Morocco.
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