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Morocco: The Salafiste network was dismantled targets Jewish interests

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The terrorist dismantled recently in Morocco particularly wanted to attack the ...Jewish interests in the kingdom,... said a judicial source.

  •     Composed of "eight Islamists", the cell belonging to the radical movement Salafia-Jihadia was also preparing for ‘acts against the Moroccan security services,’ said this source, citing the charges.

        The Jewish nature of the interests covered by this group called ‘Jamaat Al Mourabitine Al Jodod’(the Group of new fighters), has not been specified.

        This cell, according to the indictment, began to operate in March 2008 in southern Morocco by deciding to recruit activists from some Koranic schools and with the intent to infiltrate political parties.

        The eight people were prosecuted for constitution of criminal gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts in conjunction with a collaborative project that is seriously prejudicial to public order through terror, intimidation and violence, belonging to an unauthorized association and holding public gatherings without authorization.

        “The police have dismantled the cell as part of a regular feature on the fight against terrorism. Vigilance is always appreciated,” said the judicial source interviewed by AFP Thursday.

        The security services announced on May 12 the arrest of these eight ‘terrorists,’ as dangerous, aimed at undermining security.

        The eight suspects, who were followed for a very long time, were arrested in Guelmim (about 280 km south of Agadir), Laayoune (Western Sahara) and Boujdour (180 km south of Laayoune). Most of them are from Agadir (south) and Beni Mellal (center).

        The eight alleged terrorists were presented Wednesday to the prosecution of anti-terrorist court of Salé (Rabat twin city), which decided to lock them in the civil prison of this city.

        The current ‘Salafia-Jihadia’ is a radical Islamist movement with several organizations. Dozens of Islamists of this Court have already been sentenced by the Moroccan courts for their involvement in cases of terrorism.

    Ennaharonline/ afp

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