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Eight people arrested in Morocco over ISIL links

Iran Press TV

Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:31PM

Eight people have been arrested in Morocco over suspicions of recruiting militants for ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, the Interior Ministry says.

The suspects were members of a cell operating in the central towns of Meknes and El Hajed, as well as Al Hoceima in the north, said the ministry on Saturday.

'Some of the eight members of the cell have been convicted in other terrorism cases in the past,' the statement said.

It refrained from saying when the arrests were made, but said the suspects will be put on trail.

'According to intelligence reports, Moroccans fighting in Syria and Iraq have been trained in handling weapons and manufacturing explosives to perpetrate attacks once they return to Morocco,' it added.

Over the last few weeks, the North African country has arrested several people allegedly attempting to join ISIL militants.

In September 2014, the Moroccan government passed a bill which enforced tighter anti-terrorist legislation aimed at hindering people from joining terrorist groups.

After approving the bill, the government upped the kingdom's security to counteract terror threats.

Over 2,000 Moroccans are thought to have joined ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

ISIL controls parts of Iraq and Syria. The terrorists are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.


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