Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Europe puts Morocco on terror alert

European intelligence services have warned Morocco that terrorists are planning attacks on political, business and tourist targets in the North African country, the Al Ahdath Al Maghribia newspaper said on Tuesday.

"Moroccan security authorities received a message from their European counterparts warning of [potential] attacks targeting administrative, financial and tourist spots, as well as certain embassies and foreign interests in Morocco," the newspaper said, quoting "well-informed sources".

It said the groups, which were unnamed in the report, were plotting bomb attacks and assassinations.

A series of simultaneous bomb attacks in Morocco's commercial capital Casablanca in May 2003 left 45 people dead. More than 3 000 suspected militants have been arrested in the country since then.

Al Ahdath Al Maghribia said the tip-off from European investigators was based in part on information culled in interrogations of North African detainees held by German authorities in Frankfurt.

A second newspaper considered close to the government, Assahra Al Maghribia, said nine suspected terrorists had been arrested last week in Meknes, 140km east of Rabat.

It said another Islamist "from a country in the Gulf" had been detained on Saturday in Casablanca and that investigators were trying to determine the extent of his ties to extremist groups operating in Morocco.


Anonymous Property in Morocco said...

Very interesting article.
But in my point of view, it is not true, that terrorists are going to attack this Muslim country.
The main reason is that it is a Muslim country, which keep all Islamic rules. And nowadays terrorists- this is a group of Muslim people, who want to destroy anti-Muslims country.

3:31 PM, October 29, 2007  

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