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Morocco and Spain arrest four suspected of recruiting Islamic State fighters

By Tajuddin
Feb 23rd, 2016
Morocco and Spain are working closely together on security issues

Morocco and Spain are working closely together on security issues

Rabat, Morocco (Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Moroccan and Spanish security services have arrested four people suspected of recruiting and sending fighters to the Islamic State (IS) group, the Moroccan Interior Ministry announced Tuesday.

In a joint operation, three people were arrested in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, and their partner in the northeastern city of Nadir, the ministry said in a statement.

It revealed that one of the suspects is a former Guantanamo detainee who fought with al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

The arrested person in Morocco will be brought before court after the public prosecutor’s office completes its investigation, the statement added.

The terror cell is the sixth one to have been dismantled in 2016.

On Thursday, the ministry said that security forces foiled “dangerous” IS terrorist attacks and arrested 10 suspects, including a French national.

The busted cell planned series of attacks against key Moroccan sites, including a suicide attack in the country’s parliament building, the official Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) agency reported on Saturday.

The attack on the parliament was planned to be carried out by a 16-year-old boy who received extensive training, the report said citing a source close to the investigations.

The ministry said it has arrested over 30 terrorist cells since 2013 and foiled “numerous terrorist plans” targeting vital national, Arab and Western interests.

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