Iraq Moroccan police broke into a “terrorists” cell, arrested six radical people held responsible to recruit and send volunteers to fight with militants of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
A Moroccan Islamist already held under country’s anti-terrorist law was among the arrested six radicals. The operation was successfully carried out in the city of Fez in coordination with the domestic intelligence agency (DGST), according to the interior ministry statement. “(This cell) specialized in recruiting and sending Moroccan volunteers to fight in the ranks of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq… where they receive military training in the use of weapons an bomb-making techniques,” it said. Morocco declared to scatter all units of its jihadist cells in the country after a series of suicide attacks in the capital city of Casablanca in May 2003 killing 33 people. A Moroccan hardliner, held for three years in Guantanamo Bay, was arrested in Spain last week with other seven terrorists, all were running a jihadist recruiting network. Security measures have been taken to tackle battle-hardened Islamists over concerns on return of more than 1,000 trained Moroccan from Syria. These worries were shown by the interior ministry on Wednesday. Intelligence gathered by the agencies indicated that “some Moroccan combatants who have taken part in the military operations of groups liked to Al-Qaeda… were determined to return to Morocco to undermine its stability by carrying out terrorist acts,” it said