Dismantled Terror Cells Were Seeking To Build Mountain Hideouts, Moroccan Official
By Mourad Anouar
Morocco News Tribune
Oklahoma, U.S.A | Moroccan authorities said the two dismantled terror cells members arrested recently were planning to build a base in the mountains where they would have their own school in order to use it for inculcating children with jihadist principles.
According to the Moroccan security forces, the two terrorist cells have been dismantled Sunday in Morocco’s northern city of Nador.
The groups members arrested in northern Mediterranean city port had links with a network of extremists in northern Mali that is in charge of recruiting volunteers for jihad in Africa’s Sahel region, the Interior Minister’s statement said.
The Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a Salafi-jihadist militant group operating in North Africa’s Sahara and Sahel, is considered by many experts to be the primary transnational terror threat in North Africa and also to Europe and the United States.
The French-led mission was able to chase the jihadists with links to the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) into the desert in January after they took over key northern towns of Gao, Kidal, and Timbuktu, where they enforced their interpretation of shari’a law.
It is to note that Morocco has frequently cracked down on small extremist cells, which seem to appear from time to time.